Leaders vow to improve safety, supports for indigenous women and girls
Jon Hendricks, CTV Winnipeg
Published Friday, February 26, 2016 6:24PM CST
Last Updated Friday, February 26, 2016 6:51PM CST
The second national roundtable on missing and murdered indigenous women and girls wrapped with a vow from leaders to improve safety and supports for those most vulnerable.
"People don't want to wait until the end of the commission until they get going on things," said Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
On Friday, Canada's premiers, territorial and aboriginal leaders pledged indigenous women and girls would not have to wait for change.
“Broadly, we want to continue with training for all of our officials, police, provincial civil servants and other people that work with indigenous communities, to increase competency and understanding," said Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger.
The leaders said they'll make it a priority to improve access to emergency and transitional shelters, especially in remote and rural communities.
"We have committed $100 million over the next three years to put supports in place," said Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne. "Particularly well-being supports for families and communities."
Those who took part in the national roundtable said they will also develop a strategy to engage men and boys in addressing violence against indigenous women and girls.
They've committed to implement a Canada-wide prevention and awareness campaign focusing on changing public perception and attitudes.