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2nd Session, 41st Legislature

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Bill 221

THE MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS AWARENESS DAY ACT


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WHEREAS more than 1,200 Indigenous women and girls in Canada have gone missing or been murdered since 1980, according to police reports;

AND WHEREAS for decades their families have called for greater recognition of the crisis of violence against Indigenous women and girls;

AND WHEREAS the tragic issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada has garnered attention and support throughout Manitoba, Canada and the international community;

AND WHEREAS advocacy by their families, with the support of Indigenous women's organizations, led to the creation of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls;

AND WHEREAS vigils honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are held across Canada on October 4 each year, raising public awareness and building a movement of social change in respect of violence against Indigenous women and girls;

AND WHEREAS families of Manitoba's missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls have called for an official day of awareness to honour their daughters, mothers, sisters, grandmothers, partners and friends;

THEREFORE HER MAJESTY, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba, enacts as follows:

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Day

1           In each year, October 4 is to be known throughout Manitoba as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Day.

C.C.S.M. reference

2           This Act may be referred to as chapter M198 of the Continuing Consolidation of the Statutes of Manitoba.

Coming into force

3           This Act comes into force on the day it receives royal assent.

Explanatory Note

This Bill proclaims October 4 in each year as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Awareness Day.