Moderator Richard Bott and Executive Minister Maggie Dieter (Indigenous Ministries and Justice) have written to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls commending the findings of a recent report on the systemic issues underlying this violence.

The report, prepared by the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, and Canada Without Poverty, frames this issue as a human rights crisis, citing among other standards Article 22.2 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. This calls on states to work with Indigenous peoples to “ensure that Indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.”

The United Church has also expressed to the Inquiry the need not only to address the structural issues identified in the report but also to confront the racism and White privilege that allow them to continue, stating that “It is our responsibility to continue to transform not just policies, practices, and attitudes, but also ourselves, in order to truly walk in the spirit of Christ with all our relations.”