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“Today, I am proud to stand in solidarity and celebrating International Womens’ Day.

And as we do so it is important to reflect on the accomplishments and successes of women in our City.

Today’s opening ceremonies recognized and honoured the fact that we are on the ancestral lands of the first nations peoples here in Hamilton.

And in our reflection we must pause to realize that there is still progress to be made. There are almost 1,200 missing and murdered indigenous women and girls still seeking justice.

That’s why I am also proud to be supporting a motion by my colleague Clr. Aidan Johnson setting forth an aboriginal justice strategy seeking to work collaboratively with other levels of government and aboriginal organizations within our communities to move forward toward a more equitable, just community.

Politically, this motion will call on our Council through our Mayor to demand a Federal inquiry for these murdered and missing indigenous women.

In closing, I believe the best way I can honour and celebrate international women day is to support them in seeking justice.
Thank You.

Tags: Culture, Diversity, Equity, First Nations, History, Safety, Women