As a member of the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC), West Coast LEAF is one of 20 signatories to a statement demanding full participation of the provinces and territories in the upcoming national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women. The LSC calls for federal, provincial, and territorial governments to take all necessary legal steps to authorize cooperation and collaboration through a provincial or territorial delegation of power. Involvement of the provinces and territories in the inquiry is essential in order to ensure more coordinated responses to violence and to address the root causes of Indigenous women’s marginalization within systems and institutions that fall under both federal and provincial/territorial responsibility (such as child welfare, policing, criminal justice, housing, social assistance, and many others).

Read the full statement.