Government of PEI's Response to MMIWG and TRC Recommendations
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA People and the Calls for Justice
In June 2020, the Government of PEI tabled its preliminary report on the status of implementing the Calls for Justice. As we advance on a journey of reconciliation, the Government of PEI has strived to put in place a process to respond to the MMIWG's Final Report that is Indigenous-led; meaning that Indigenous voices, perspectives, lived experiences, and their guidance is central to the approach that government takes to address the Calls for Justice.
The 2021 report, Calls for Justice: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, A Status Report for the Government of Prince Edward Island, represents a milestone in our work towards implementing the recommendations in the MMIWG Final Report. In collaboration with the Indigenous Working Group, this report includes some of the immediate priorities of the PEI Mi'kmaq and Indigenous people in our province. These priorities have informed a set of four initiatives that government will be working to implement as soon as possible.
Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action
The Indigenous Relations Secretariat has kept an evergreen document of the status of various recommendations since the TRC final report was released in 2015. In 2018, the Government of PEI committed to tabling a regular status report in the Legislative Assembly that would provide an update on initiatives within government that respond to the Calls to Action. Three reports have been released thus far. They can be found here:
Moving forward, the Government of PEI will continue its work in implementing the Calls to Action that are within provincial jurisdiction to respond to. This will include an examination of areas of overlap between the MMIWG Final Report's Calls for Justice and the TRC's Calls to Action to identify opportunities to address common themes in both reports.
Although we know there is much work left to do, we are encouraged by the progress we are making towards reconciliation and a more equitable Prince Edward Island for all.