National RoundtablePCMNO Vice-Chair Sharon McBride (third from left) with delegates
attending the Second National Roundtable in Winnipeg. (Source:

Sharon McBride, Vice-Chair of the Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO), attended the Second National Roundtable for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) in Winnipeg as a delegate for the Ontario government.

Vice-Chair McBride, who is also the Women’s Secretariat of the MNO (WSMNO) Spokesperson, was in Winnipeg for the event from February 24 to 26 with the first day being a closed-door session for the families of MMIWG. Over the next few days, the families met with provincial and territorial leaders to discuss recommendations for achieving justice and ending the violence directed towards Aboriginal women.

The federal government has committed to conducting a national inquiry on MMIWG.

Since January 2016, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Dr. Carolyn Bennett has conducted pre-inquiry consultations in order to form a plan on what the inquiry should look like and who should be involved. Minister Bennett was present for the Second National Roundtable.

Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne also attended the roundtable and encouraged provinces to act beyond the inquiry and take action on their own. On February 23, the Ontario government announce their long-term strategy to end violence against Indigenous women.

Premier Wynne was one among several premiers who attended the roundtable along with many federal and provincial ministers.

Published on: May 12, 2016