Ontario to Better Protect Indigenous Women

Ontario is taking steps to better protect Indigenous women.  The province is establishing an Indigenous Women’s Advisory council to provide culturally-relevant advice on violence prevention.
The committee will be co-chaired by Associate Minister of Children and Women’s Issues Jill Dunlop.  “The High rate of violence against Indigenous women and girls is unacceptable and must be addressed as quickly as possible,” Dunlop said.  Indigenous women in Canada between 15-24 are three times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women.
The membership will be drawn from the First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and LGBTQ2S group. “I’m proud that today, on the first day of National Indigenous History Month, our province is taking important steps to address the systemic causes that put Indigenous women and girls at a disproportionate risk of violence,” Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford said.  Currently, there is no dedicated forum for Indigenous women and LGBTQ2S issues.