`The violence pandemic continues’: MPs declare MMIWG2S a national emergency

 By Matteo Cimellaro  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter WARNING: This story contains distressing details. On Tuesday, the House of Commons unanimously passed a motion declaring the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people a national emergency. The motion was tabled by Leah Gazan, NDP critic for women and gender equity, and arrived just before Red Dress Day on May 5. The adopted motion included a call to provide immediate and substantial investment in a red dress alert system to help notify the public when an Indigenous woman, girl or two-spirit person goes missing. At a press conference on the morning of the motion, Gazan was flanked by several grassroots First Nation, Metis and Inuit advocates and activists. She emphasized during the press conference that structures are in…

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