11/30/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/30/2021 11:56
Today, the White House welcomes our partners from the governments of Canada and Mexico as we jointly host a half-day virtual discussion with Indigenous women leaders from all three of our countries. This virtual engagement brings together Indigenous women leaders from across North America to gather their expertise and recommendations in identifying priority areas for deliberation at the fourth convening of the Trilateral Working Group on Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls (Trilateral Working Group), which the White House will host in the Spring of 2022.
First established as an outcome of the June 2016 North American Leaders' Summit, the Trilateral Working Group is an initiative to reaffirm and advance our respective national and regional commitments to:
The first convening of the Trilateral Working Group was hosted by the United States in 2016. The Trilateral Working Group subsequently held convenings in Canada in 2017, and in Mexico in 2018. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in 2019 recognized the Trilateral Working Group as an important initiative, recommending Canada, Mexico, and the United States maintain our enduring commitment to tackling ongoing issues of violence against Indigenous women and girls in the region, including trafficking and the continuing crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous people.