(Ottawa, Ontario) December 14, 2015 – The Canadian Association of Social Workers (CASW) welcomes the announcement that the Government of Canada has officially launched the first phase of a national inquiry on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. CASW is deeply encouraged by this government’s early steps to honour Canada’s Indigenous communities and anticipates swift action on the findings of the inquiry.
“Throughout the inquiry, we hope that this new government truly engages and consults with the communities most impacted by the atrocities,” noted CASW President Morel Caisse, “but also recognizes that this is only the first step. It is crucial that the findings of this inquiry lead to decisive action on behalf of the Federal Government.”
Indeed, CASW has continuously called for a comprehensive national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered women and girls, adding social workers’ voices to the innumerable others calling for a plan to bring justice and healing.
“This inquiry must lead to a comprehensive strategy that lays out clear and measurable steps. While it is deeply important to understand the problem, the government must take ownership over implementing the solution as well” states CASW President Morel Caissie.
Additionally, CASW applauds the Liberal Party of Canada’s stated commitment to implement all 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). “There is a long way to go in repairing the relationship with Canada’s Indigenous Communities, and this is a momentous first step,” continued Mr. Caissie. “CASW will continue to hold the federal government accountable to their promise of reconciliation.”
Fred Phelps, MSW, RSW
CASW, Executive Director