Sandra Ahenakew Report November 2019

Sandra Ahenakew

Indigenous Peoples Rep

Prairie Region Council November 2019

 

Indigenous issues across Canada were elevated with the election of Justin Trudeau in 2015, the Liberal government promised a better relationship with Indigenous Peoples in Canada.  The inquiry into the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) was promised and the community of Grassy Narrows was promised a new water treatment plant.

Unfortunately, but not surprisingly, the inquiry into MMIWG was cut short despite calls for an extension.  The report from the MMIWG commission was released June 3, 2019 including 231 calls for justice.

The PSAC National Indigenous People’s Circle (NIPC) representatives decided to focus on the issue of MMIWG with The Red Dress Campaign; post cards and information sheets were created to raise the public’s awareness of the facts surrounding the inquiry. People were asked to sign post cards addressed to the Prime Minister.  The NIPC representatives marched to Parliament, Centre Block, for Question Period and presented over 10,000 signed post cards to the Prime Minister in April 2018.

PSAC NIPC met October 9-11, 2019 in Ottawa; The Red Dress Campaign will continue with the focus on calling upon the Government of Canada to fully implement the Calls for Justice as recommended by the MMIWG Commission.

In addition to the Red Dress Campaign NIPC is also supporting the PSAC Thirsty for Justice Campaign. Again we are demanding that the government of Canada fulfill its commitment to build a water treatment plant in Grassy Narrows and deal with the more than 100 First Nations communities across Canada that do have safe drinking water.

In April 2019 I participated in the first ever Indigenous People’s Lobby Day organized by the Canadian Labour Congress; we lobbying MP’s and Senators on Pharmacare, Pensions and Safe Drinking Water for Indigenous Communities.

I participated in the PSAC Leadership Training for Indigenous women in Leadership; this training was inspirational and motivational.  Many of the sisters who attended this training are active in NIPC and within their Locals and communities.  I was honoured to be selected and continue to use the tools provided in my role as the Indigenous Representative for the PRC.

 

Respectfully Submitted in Solidarity,

 

Sandra Ahenakew

PSAC PRC Indigenous People’s Representative.