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Government of Canada Appointment of Ministerial Special Representative to Address Calls for Justice

Updated: Jan 12

Thunder Bay, ON – The Canadian Government has announced the appointment of Jennifer Moore Rattray as the Ministerial Special Representative. Moore Rattray will provide advice and recommendations, through engagement with families, survivors, partners and organizations, in support of Calls for Justice 1.7 “to establish a National Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson, with authority in all jurisdictions, and to establish a National Indigenous and Human Rights Tribunal.”


The Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) recognizes and honours families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and looks forward to the opportunity to work with Jennifer Moore Rattray to support moving forward on the recommendations from the MMIWG Inquiry Calls for Justice.


“We need to change the story of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and two-spirit individuals. ONWA’s Reconciliation with Indigenous Women: Changing the Story of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (2020) report embodies critical recommendations that must be integrated into Canada’s National Action Plan to address violence.” stated Cora McGuire-Cyrette, ONWA Executive Director


Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit individuals have the right to live, to be safe in their communities and have the right to the same protections as any other Canadian. We must come together to take immediate action to mitigate the perpetual and often fatal violence against Indigenous women and girls and two-spirit individuals.



For more information and media inquiries, contact:

Andre Morriseau, Communications Manager

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

Email: amorriseau@onwa.ca

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