N.B. says M.M.I.W.G. report the first step to building safer future for all women and girls

The New Brunswick government says the release of the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is the first step to building a safer future for all women and girls.

Provincial Aboriginal Affairs Minister Jake Stewart attended the ceremony in Gatineau, Quebec where the report was officially released Monday.

The report calls violence against Indigenous women and girls a crisis and makes more than 200 recommendations to multiple levels of government.

Stewart says in a statement that the province will review the report to determine how to best support the needs of Indigenous communities and the family members who shared their personal pain to bring about change.