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CanadaAndrew Scheer rejects use of ‘genocide’ in reference to Indigenous women, girls

04:40  10 june  2019
04:40  10 june  2019 Source:   globalnews.ca

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Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is disputing the use of the word “ genocide ” in reference to missing and murdered Indigenous women and ‘Listening’ is not enough, Indigenous woman says in wake of MMIWG report – Jun 3, 2019. Scheer told Roy Green on Saturday that the inquiry has put

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is rejecting the finding of the federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls that a genocide is being perpetrated against Indigenous people, saying that every life lost is a tragedy – but that it does not fit the definition of genocide .

Andrew Scheer rejects use of ‘genocide’ in reference to Indigenous women, girls© THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer announces his immigration policy at an event hall in Toronto, Tuesday, May 28, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is disputing the use of the word "genocide" in reference to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

"I believe that the tragedy that has happened to this vulnerable section of our society is its own thing. I don't believe it falls into the category, to the definition of genocide," he told The Roy Green Show on Global News Radio on Saturday.

He added that the issue "stands on its own as something that politicians need to take seriously."

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A handful of native women that disappear or are murdered by predominantly native males, does not constitute a genocide . If the "colonizers" wanted them dead, they would have been wiped out during the "colonization". Instead they were provided with technology and inter tribal peace thousands of

Watch: Scheer says Indigenous women not victims of genocide . “That being said,” he added, “the I think the tragedy involved with missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is its own thing The use of the term “ genocide ” in the report instantly sparked arguments over whether the inquiry

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Scheer's comments come after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he accepted the conclusions of a national inquiry that referred to the violence against First Nations, Metis and Inuit women and girls as a form of “genocide” and a crisis “centuries in the making.”

Released Monday, the final report from the inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls called for significant change through 231 recommendations to help end violence against female and LGBTQ2 Indigenous people.

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Killing, violence toward Indigenous women, girls 'not a relic of our past': PM GATINEAU, Que. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stopped short of calling the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women and girls in Canada a genocide on Monday — despite being called upon to do so — when he spoke after accepting the report of the national public inquiry he called on the issue. 

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says he disagrees with the MMIWG National Inquiry's decision to label the violence against Indigenous women and girls as

Speaking on Parliament Hill, Scheer says the deaths and abuse inflicted on Indigenous women are Last week, the federal inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls released its The use of the term “ genocide ” in the report instantly sparked arguments over whether the inquiry

Trudeau said his government would study the report and launch a plan to address the issues. In addressing the report's findings for the first time on Monday, however, Trudeau did not use the word genocide despite calls to do so.

The Conservatives said they would hold the government accountable on Indigenous issues, and promised to implement a national plan to advance reconciliation if elected.

Scheer told Roy Green on Saturday that the inquiry has put forward some recommendations that "we can make progress on" to protect those at risk.

The 1948 Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as a list of actions "committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group."

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Those acts include murder, serious mental and physical harm, "deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part," imposing measures to prevent births and forcibly transferring children out of a group.

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Women hold signs during the closing ceremony of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Gatineau, Quebec He still skirted around actually using the word ' genocide ', which didn't escape the attention of some of the local media, but other ministers brushed

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer 's speech this week on immigration suggested a man trying to walk a tightrope between two constituencies: Conservative supporters and Canadians at large.

Naomi Sayers, an Indigenous lawyer based in Ontario, told Global News earlier this week that Canada’s record on the treatment of Indigenous Peoples is indisputable.

“You can’t debate that fact,” she said. “Canada has a history of legislating Indigenous communities, Indigenous bodies and Indigenous systems to essentially annihilate them, do away with them and to erase them forever.”

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Sayers noted this has happened through both past and present Canadian governments, through things such as the enactment of the Indian Act, residential schools, and over-policing of Indigenous communities.

With files from The Canadian Press and Maham Abedi, Global News

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