Suze Morrison, MPP for Toronto Centre and NDP critic for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls response, issued the following statement on the tragic murder of Cileana Taylor, a young Annishnaabe woman from Curve Lake First Nation:
“I want to express my sorrow and anger at the loss of Cileana Taylor. I offer my sincerest condolences to Cileana’s family, friends, and community. I echo their calls for justice for Cileana.
We are experiencing an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls — often at the hands of an intimate partner.
It is time for the Ford government to commit to action to save lives. That means investing in programs to help women fleeing domestic violence, additional resources to ensure perpetrators can be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, and confronting the colonial violence that Indigenous women and girls have been subjected to for generations.
I am demanding that the Ford government take the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls seriously. Cileana, her family and the families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across this province deserve justice.”
Editor’s Note: Cileana Taylor died March 3, 2021, after being removed from life support. Taylor had been in a coma with a brain injury since early September 2020 after she was allegedly assaulted by her boyfriend in Peterborough. Her boyfriend, Jordan Morin, 23, was charged with aggravated assault and assault causing bodily harm (domestic). At the time of his arrest on Sept. 11, he was on bail for a separate assault in 2019.
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