All Parties Support NDP Bill to Set Aside Oct. 4 as an Official Day To Honour Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

May 11, 2017

A Bill by NDP MLA Nahanni Fontaine to set aside Oct. 4 each year as an official day to honour and bring attention to Manitoba’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls received unanimous support at second reading in the Legislative Assembly today.

“It’s gratifying that all members of the Legislative Assembly representing every community in this province have supported a bill to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls,” Fontaine said. “By creating an official day, we will bring greater recognition of the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls. This is also one small step toward honouring those whose lives were tragically lost.”

More than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have been reported missing or murdered across Canada since 1980, Fontaine noted. The crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls has garnered national and international attention.

“Oct. 4 is a traditional day for vigils across the country for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. It is an appropriate day to honour Manitoba’s lost daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, partners and friends,” Fontaine said. “This bill still needs to go to committee as soon as possible so it can become law before Oct. 4 of this year. We call upon the government to work with us to make this important day a reality.”

This is the first NDP bill to pass second reading since the 2016 general election.