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Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed Thanks the National Inquiry into Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls for their final report “Reclaiming Power and Place” and their Calls to Justice

June 3, 2019, Ottawa, ON – Upon the release of “Reclaiming Power and Place,” ITK President Natan Obed made the following statement about the first National Inquiry into Missing Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada:

“I wish to acknowledge all who took part in the truth gathering process of the National Inquiry into Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls. From the Commissioners and staff at the Inquiry who have spent the duration of the process immersed in heartbreaking stories and statistics, to all of those who demonstrated immense courage and strength by sharing their stories and perspectives.  I would like to particularly thank all of the Inuit women and girls, and their families, who openly spoke their truths, however painful, in the interest of giving power to future generations.

“I am optimistic that the findings of this report and its Calls to Justice will help leverage the actions necessary to remedy the complex challenges that put Inuit women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people at greater risk for experiencing violence. This starts with Inuit men – and especially those of us in positions of influence – who have a responsibility for speaking out and taking action to end violence against women and girls in our households, communities, and society.”

“Thank you to the National Family Advisory Circle (NFAC) who provided advice to the Commissioners throughout the process, in particular the Inuit NFAC members: Charlotte Wolfrey, Lesa Semmler, Micah Arreak, Sarah Nowrakudluk, and Barb Sevigny. Thanks also to ITK’s strong legal representation from Elizabeth Zarpa throughout the Inquiry. I wish to recognize all Inuit who were involved in the National Inquiry whose contributions informed the Inuit-specific sections within the text of the report. ITK fully supports the Inuit-Specific Calls for Justice outlined in Calls 16.1 to 16.46 and commits to doing our part in fulling our obligations to uphold these Calls to Justice.”