Premier Rachel Notley issued the following statement regarding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks to the Assembly of First Nations:
“The Government of Alberta welcomes Prime Minister Trudeau’s commitment to a renewed relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, including launching a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
“We are pleased that the federal government is moving quickly to take first steps on this important initiative. Supporting a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women was one of our campaign commitments. And formally adding Alberta’s voice to the call for such an inquiry was one of our government’s first actions.
“These families need to be heard and they need to heal. We will be following the development of the national inquiry with great interest.
“From the outset, our government has signaled its intention to be a better partner and neighbour with Alberta’s Indigenous communities, based on respect, understanding and collaboration.
“This includes supporting Indigenous women and girls, who are three times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women. We are committed to working with Indigenous women and community organizations to improve the lives and safety of those at risk.
“We must openly and honestly acknowledge and address the root causes that place Indigenous females at the highest risk – harsh realities like poverty, racism, and inadequate housing.
“Our government also looks forward to the release of the final report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, expected on December 15, which has called for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women.
“In the spirit of reconciliation, Alberta is committed to building an inclusive society where all Albertans have the opportunity to reach their potential.”