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UWinnipeg recognizes MMIWG Awareness Day, Sunday October 4

The University of Winnipeg recognizes that Sunday, October 4 is Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Awareness Day.

To understand the final report of the National Inquiry into Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA persons – Reclaiming Power and Place and the 231 Calls to Justice, the University has developed a special topics course. 

231 Calls to Social Justice: Developing Community Based Responses to Systems Impacting Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQQIA Persons, which runs October 24 – November 7, is taught by Sandra Delaronde, a member of UWinnipeg’s Indigenous Advisory Circle, and former co-chair of the Manitoba (MM)IWG Manitoba Coalition. The course is offered through UWinnipeg’s Master’s in Development Practice (MDP) in Indigenous Development.

This is the first time this course has been offered, and as far as Delaronde knows, UWinnipeg is the only institution in Canada to offer an opportunity for students and community to engage in deep analysis of this issue.

“231 Calls to Justice will give students an opportunity to understand the issue,” said Delaronde. “It will also give students an opportunity to take proactive measures to develop plans and processes to implement a legal imperative that will is meaningful at a community level.”

From examining the history of the road to the Inquiry, to implementing documents and scope of the Inquiry and its findings, the course will provide an opportunity for students to develop Indigenous and community-based responses to the implementation of 231 Calls to Action.

To understand the role of relationships, human and Indigenous rights, the history of colonization, and how each of these contexts can inform our understanding of the issue of violence against First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, read Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.

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