ASHTON SUPPORTS CALL FOR FEDERAL ACTION IN RESPONSE TO HYDRO ABUSE REPORT

Thompson - Following the release of the Clean Environment Commission report on abuse of the people of Fox Lake beginning in the 1960s, MP Niki Ashton made a call for the federal government to play a leading role in seeking justice for the residents of Fox Lake. 

 "The abuse that women and many other community members from Fox Lake Cree Nation experienced from people working for and alongside Manitoba Hydro is disturbing. They point to the devastating impacts of resource development driven by systemic racism against Indigenous people and a culture of violence against women," said Ashton

 AFN Regional Chief Hart and other Indigenous leaders have made calls for compensation and a broader public inquiry, a call which is supported by Ashton. "The federal government has stated its commitment to reconciliation and thus should lead a process where compensation and some element of justice may be achieved.  Given the accusations that the RCMP were part of the abuse and did not respond to the abuse, it is important the federal government play a lead role. Furthermore, the connection between resource development and violence against Indigenous women must be understood and addressed more broadly," added Ashton.

 "My thoughts are with the Elders who have passed, the survivors who are still living and those who live with intergenerational impacts of the abuse."

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