OTTAWA, August 24, 2021 – With the federal election underway, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is seeking a commitment from national party leaders that the voices of Inuit women will be at all federal decision-making tables where issues that impact the lives of Inuit women and girls are being decided.
“Pauktuutit expects that Inuit women will be full participants in the development of the Action Plan to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Persons (UNDRIP) Act in the coming months,” said President Rebecca Kudloo. “However, we want an assurance from all party leaders that Inuit women will have an equal voice on how UNDRIP will be implemented by every federal department and agency.”
Pauktuutit also wants a commitment that Inuit women will have a leadership role in the MMIWG Implementation Plan.
“Inuit women know best the solutions to protect our personal safety and security. Our experiences, priorities and ideas must inform every element of the plan’s implementation,” Kudloo said.
Key commitments that Pauktuutit will be looking for from political parties and candidates include:
- New funding for Inuit-specific shelters and transition housing for women and children
- Increasing the services of Inuit midwives in all regions of Inuit Nunangat and increasing equitable access to healthcare services
- Full implementation of UNDRIP
- Full inclusion of Inuit women in the MMIWG implementation plan
- Ensuring Inuit women having a voice at all relevant policy and decision-making tables
Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada is the national non-profit organization representing all Inuit women in Canada.
For more information, please contact:
Cathie Whittaker: 613.762.7729 / firstname.lastname@example.org