There have been hundreds of inquiries before. This one was a national one. It meant that provinces and territories had to be a part of it. As you said, it was always going to be difficult. What we promised when we started the inquiry was that we wouldn't wait until we received the report to take action.
The gender-based violence strategy that this committee helped develop was an important step. It is the first time that there has been a federal strategy to prevent gender-based violence, to support survivors, and to ensure that we have a legal and justice system in place that is responsive to the needs of survivors. You helped do that.
Over $200 million has been set aside for it. Part of the funding that's been set aside is to focus specifically on those groups that disproportionately experience gender-based violence in communities across the country. Those include indigenous women and girls, as well as two-spirit and LGBT individuals.
We have also started, based on the results of the interim report, a commemoration fund to honour our stolen sisters, to make sure families are a part of it.
I will say that with regard to those job numbers that I shared—one million Canadians are working today—these are jobs that didn't exist three and a half years ago. There are more indigenous people working now than ever before. There are more young people working now than ever before. We know that economic insecurity is a predeterminant of violence in some cases. It's not always the case because people who are of good economic means also experience and perpetrate gender-based violence, but it's one risk that we can avoid.
We know that, with regard to the boil water advisories and the respect and the honour that need to be in place, we're getting there. However, we have a lot more work to do. This problem was created over one hundred years of colonization, oppression, racism and sexism. Together, we are on that path. The path is long and is not always easy, but we're together. We're committed to doing it.