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The Northwest Territories has released a draught action plan for the MMIWG

Northwest Territories has released a draught action plan

Key Takeaways:

  • The territory’s 150-page plan, titled Changing the Relationship, outlines
  • 93 steps the territorial government plans to implement in its departments, agencies, and policies to combat colonialism and racial and gender discrimination.

Improve the territory’s relationship with Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people by developing trust and accountability and concentrating on person-centered services, according to the plan’s outcomes.

The plan adds, “As a government, we are looking for ways to repair and reconcile a historical connection.” “As a small government serving a territory with a mostly Indigenous population, we have a unique potential to be representative and inclusive. As well as a leader in delivering responsive, accessible, and culturally relevant programs and services.”

draught action plan for gender discrimination; Image from NNSL News

The plan’s actions respond to requests for justice in the areas of culture and language, health and wellbeing, human security, and the legal system. Plans to construct a controlled alcohol program, build a permanent health and rehabilitation center, give cultural awareness and sensitivity training, and promote land-based activities like the take-a-kid-trapping program are already in the works.

Promote Indigenous worldviews, cultures, and languages in schools; Indigenous recruitment and retention; patient advocates in Inuvik, Hay River, Fort Smith, and Yellowknife. Suicide prevention and crisis response network, a medical detox program, and missing person legislation are among the other recommendations in the report.

In a statement, Caroline Wawzonek, the minister responsible for the status of women, said, “The GNWT is dedicated to working with all northerners and partners across Canada to address systemic. Causes of violence, inequality, also racism so that Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people can feel safe or empowered in our territory and our country.”

In June 2018, the national inquiry issued its final report, which included 231 demands for justice from all levels of government, numerous industries, and all Canadians.

While the NWT government initially claimed that it intended to rely on the federal government’s action plan, the territory announced in July 2020 that it would construct an NWT-specific plan in response to the calls for justice.

Source: cabin radio

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