Manitoba

'All Canadians have a role to play': Bowman calls for city review of MMIWG inquiry report

The mayor of Winnipeg has asked the city's public service to read the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and make recommendations on how the city can respond to the report's calls for justice.

Winnipeg Mayor Brian Bowman wants public service to report back with recommendations

Mayor Brian Bowman introduced a motion Tuesday asking the public service to respond to the calls for justice contained in the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Tyson Koschik/CBC)

The mayor of Winnipeg has asked the city's public service to read the final report from the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and make recommendations on how the city can respond to the report's calls for justice.

The 231 calls for justice, released as part of the inquiry's final report June 3, call on police and governments to address an epidemic of deaths among Indigenous women and girls, as well as LGBTQ persons.

"This is a matter that all Canadians have a role to play, including all levels of government," Mayor Brian Bowman said Tuesday at a meeting of city council's executive policy committee.

"This is the first opportunity where we can initiate this kind of action."

Bowman's motion asks the public service to review the calls for justice and make recommendations that "can be achieved within existing City of Winnipeg budgets."

The mayor later called the fiscal constraint a "starting point," leaving the door open for potential added costs depending on what recommendations the public service develops. 

The MMIWG report calls for justice include asking cities with non-Indigenous police services to establish special Indigenous policing units, improve anti-racism and Indigenous history training among police, and ensure public transit is safe and affordable.

Bowman said he would like to see other mayors across the country respond to the recommendations as well.

"This is an important issue across Canada not just in Winnipeg," he said. 

Bowman's motion passed unanimously at Tuesday's meeting. The public service has 120 days to report back with its recommendations.

About the Author

Laura Glowacki is a reporter based in Winnipeg. Before moving to Manitoba in 2015, she worked as an associate producer for CBC's Metro Morning in Toronto. Find her on Twitter @glowackiCBC and reach her by email at laura.glowacki@cbc.ca.