Key Deliverables for the Inaugural Meeting of the North American Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, October 14, 2016

This joint fact sheet was released simultaneously by the Canadian, American and Mexican governments on October 14, 2016.

Indigenous women and girls across North America endure alarmingly high levels of marginalization, exclusion, discrimination, violence, exploitation, and abuse. At the North American Leaders Summit (NALS) in Ottawa on June 29, 2016, the governments of Mexico, Canada, and the United States decided to form a North American Working Group on Violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, as a commitment to coordinated action to address the disproportionate levels of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls.

These new opportunities for coordinated action symbolize today's convening of leaders from all three of our countries at the White House and reaffirm our respective national and regional commitments to: exchanging knowledge of policies, programs and best practices to prevent and respond to violence against Indigenous women and girls through increased access to justice and health services, with a human rights and culturally-responsive  approach; enhancing cooperation to address violent crimes against Indigenous women and girls, including human trafficking, within or outside of their communities and across our borders; and, enhancing the response of our justice, health, education, and child welfare systems to violence against Indigenous women and girls.

We are proud to announce that the next trilateral meeting of the working group will be hosted by Canada in 2017. Together, our three countries are committed to including full participation of Indigenous groups as part of the next meeting.

Criminal justice responses to violence against Indigenous women and girls, including regional coordination on law enforcement data

Social services & public health prevention and response to violence against Indigenous women and girls

Human rights, women, peace, and security: prioritizing Indigenous women and girls in multilateral affairs

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