The Manitoba government has rejected a plea for a 24-hour safe space for LGBTQS2 women, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was told Thursday.
“We gave them a proposal for $600,000. They said ‘No,’” said Alaya McIvor, a member of Winnipeg’s trans community.
McIvor voiced concern the inquiry would also close the door to vulnerable people and its recommendations would be ignored.
Commissioner Michele Audette admitted she shared that fear but said she would do everything in her power to overcome government inertia.
“Canada now cannot be ostriches (and say) it doesn’t happen in my yard. It does happen in our territory,” she said of the litany of violence she’s heard from families here this week.