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On December 15, 2016 A group of students at Port Credit Secondary School held an event wearing red ribbons and neckties as part of the Expand the Inquiry campaign. Neckties with red ribbons were placed around the school on International Human Rights day to honour both female and male victims of violence.
From December 6-8, 2016 the Coalition to Expand the Inquiry held a series of meetings in Ottawa.
Through meetings with the Minister of Justice, the Aboriginal First Nations Chief, and the Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, we received a positive response from key policy makers, and scored major media coverage.
Watch the Press Conference, held December 8, 2016.
Watch the Special Ottawa Panel Event December 7, 2016, featuring Coalition to Expand the Inquiry members:
Chief Ernie Crey, Cheam First Nation
Adam Jones, Professor of Political Science at the University of British Columbia
Justin Trottier, Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality (coalition member organization)
More than a year after the body of 26-year-old Charles Oudie was found in a storm drain in East Vancouver, his family members are still seeking answers and say police are not returning their calls. On December 3rd the Oudie Family generously agreed to sit down with members of CAFE Vancouver to pay tribute to Charles Oudie, share their struggle for answers, and state why a gender-inclusive inquiry into missing & murdered indigenous people is important.
Breaking, October 3, 2016: A formal request has been submitted to the Government of Canada requesting a decision on expanding the Inquiry to include boys and men.
Read the full letter to The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
Good Public Policy Should Be Built On All Available Data
A Request to the Government of Canada to Expand the Scope of the National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
October 8th: Watch “Expand the Inquiry!” A public event will take place in Vancouver on Saturday, October 8th, 6:30PM – 9:30PM PDT, featuring UBC Professor of Political Science Adam Jones, who has launched a petition calling for a gender-inclusive Inquiry, and BC Indigenous leader and author Chief Ernie Crey. The event will take place at Simon Fraser University’s Harbour Centre at 515 West Hastings Street and be available online by live streaming More information here.
CAFE Halifax held its Necktie Campaign on National Aboriginal Day (June 21, 2016) at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center in Halifax, in conjunction with a National Aboriginal Day celebration. The venue was at full capacity, with approximately 250 attendees. Debbie Eisan, administrator of the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center, is adding neckties to the Centre’s auditorium, and keep them on display indefinitely. Lori Walton, the National Vice President for Equity at the Public Service Alliance of Canada, is doing a Tie Drive among the PSAC membership to collect the ties needed for the permanent Necktie Campaign. We would like to express my deepest gratitude to Debbie Eisan, Lori Walton, and all of the great people at the Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Center and the Public Service Alliance of Canada for helping us to make the Necktie Campaign a great success.
Lydia Daniels, who is from Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba, came up with the necktie concept after being inspired by the Red Cloth Ribbons Memorial campaign that was started to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women. CAFE is proud to join Ms. Daniels’ initiative and to have her support as we launch a series of events in various parts of the country.
Join our press conference Thurday, March 31st at 11:00am local time in Toronto and Edmonton.
Toronto: Canadian Centre for Men and Families at 152 Carlton St.
Edmonton: Ezio Faraone Park (West side of the north end of the Highlevel bridge).
Manitoba: Lydia Daniels, who initiated this campaign, will support these events by hanging neckties
Victoria Island, Ottawa/Hull: Kevin Daniels, Interim National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples joined a delegation including representatives of the Confederation of Aboriginal People of Ontario and Quebec, Grand Chief Thomas Square and Grand Chief Roger Fleury and Sue Martin of Home Fires Burning and others supporting the Neck Tie Campaign for Missing and Murdered Men and young boys. Since April 2015, Sue Martin has been in vigil, praying for a National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and girls. The delegation hang neck ties in a path leading to the Dept. of Indigenous Affairs in Hull and a representative of the Minister came down to accept their gift.
Over 70% of missing and murdered indigenous people are men and boys. They should be included in the inquiry.
Adam Jones: Aboriginal men are murdered and missing far more than aboriginal women. A proper inquiry would explore both
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Videos from the launch of the necktie campaign on March 31, 2016
CAFE Edmonton Necktie Ceremoy
CAFE Toronto Necktie Ceremony