National inquiry into M.M.I.W.G. releases final report

Indigenous women and families across the country watched as the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls released its final report during a ceremony and news conference in Gatineau, Quebec.

Speaking yesterday in the grand hall of the Canadian Museum of History, the inquiry's chief commissioner said that nothing short of an absolute paradigm-shift is in order from all levels of government and public institutions to address the issue, one her commission labelled a genocide.

Marion Buller says the tragedy is a direct result of a persistent and deliberate pattern of systemic racial and gendered human rights violations maintained today by Canada.

For his part, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped short of using the term when he spoke after accepting the report.

Instead, Trudeau says violence against Indigenous women and girls is ``not a relic of Canada's past,'' but part of its present, and the justice system has failed them.

In a speech later in Vancouver to a gender equality conference with numerous political leaders from around the world, Trudeau used the term.