Manitoba Man Charged with Killing 3 More Indigenous Women, House of Commons Rejects State of Emergency Request
December 6, 2022
Indigenous leaders across Canada are calling for a national state of emergency following one man's serial murder of four First Nations women in Winnipeg, Manitoba, within weeks of one another in the spring of 2022.
"The ongoing genocide of Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2S Persons is not taken seriously. Together, we will stand, shout, drum, sing, and dance for our people's liberation," a statement with 27 signatures posted to Twitter reads. "We demand safety. We demand an end to this violence and declare a State of Emergency for the protection of our women, girls and 2S Persons."
Leah Gazan (Wood Mountain Lakota Nation), a Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre, sent a letter to the speaker of the House of Commons requesting a State of Emergency "be declared in response to this crisis of violence, and for resources to be immediately provided including for the recovery of the murdered women's remains," according to her letter obtained by Native News Online. The request for an emergency debate was rejected this afternoon.