Mr. Speaker, I note that in the preamble of my hon. colleague's bill, there is the following statement:
Whereas Indigenous women, be they First Nation, Métis or Inuit, are disproportionately affected by gender-based violence and sexual exploitation;
I commend my colleague for introducing Bill C-309, an act to establish gender equality week. It is clear from recent history that such a week is long overdue.
My hon. colleague obviously believes that Canada still has a long way to go to achieve gender equality and to achieve justice for indigenous women and girls.
Could my colleague tell us how we could best address and identify the underlying causes of violence toward women, especially indigenous women and girls?