"The unfortunate truth is that we live in a world where rights are increasingly under threat", Trudeau said in a brief announcement. "That's why it's a mixed reaction".
Trudeau was responding to an official inquiry report issued Monday on a problem he called shameful.
The report uses the term dozens of times, starting in the first paragraph of its preface: "This report is about deliberate race, identity and gender-based genocide", chief commissioner Marion Buller writes.
Native Council of P.E.I. "The type of genocide we have in Canada is death by a million paper cuts for generations", she told reporters, according to the Times. "That perpetual violence against Indigenous women is even showing itself through a leaked report. Every community has a role and responsibility to play to create safer spaces for all women and children".
Cheryl Maloney says we need to give a voice to Indigenous women, while the report calls for sweeping changes to the justice system, including stiffer penalties for men who abused their spouse or partner. But, she said, the inquiry operated under a patriarchal and colonial model that was not responsive to families, and its "mismanagement, bungling, ineptness and incompetence" doomed it to fail.
We must work on these steps together.
Recommendations: The report contains more than 200 recommendations.
The national inquiry said to help rectify the situation, Canada must establish a national Indigenous and human rights ombudsperson and a national Indigenous and human rights tribunal; develop and implement a national action plan to ensure equitable access to employment, education and other services; provide funding for violence-prevention campaigns and education; and prohibit the apprehension of children due to poverty or culture.
The prime minister didn't say what he was referring to, although last week he said he planned to talk to U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence about the growing number of American laws that restrict abortion.
The inquiry criticized "long-standing discrimination" against indigenous people and Canada's failure to protect them.
Former Conservative Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt was criticized after tweeting that no one was served by the "thunderous silly conclusion" that "all we wanted" was to kill Indigenous Peoples. Ford should adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in this province.
"To them I say, we as a nation can not afford not to rebuild".
He called it an important day that was long overdue, and vowed to take action.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during the ceremony in Quebec he was "humbled and grateful" to receive the report. "And that is why our government has not run away from the fact that systemic racism does exists in this country".
Her declaration echoed the inquiry's full-throated conclusion that systemic violence against Indigenous women and girls amounts to a "Canadian genocide" in breach of the country's obligations under worldwide law. Indigenous rights activists say they've been witnessing their own grim version of #MeToo for years now. It is part of colonization. "It often makes things a little more hard", he said. "Colonization directly attacked Indigenous women specifically through pieces of legislation that is still in place today".