“Every Feb. 14, communities, families, survivors and loved ones honour and remember the Indigenous women whose lives have been stolen by violence.

“On this day, we also pay tribute to the strength and determination of Indigenous women, Elders, families and community members who have been powerful advocates to end violence against Indigenous women and girls.

“Alberta needs to be a safe place for Indigenous women and girls and that means we must listen and act. That is what Alberta’s government is doing. We’ve established the Alberta Joint Working Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) to make recommendations on how to respond to the final report of the National Inquiry into MMIWG.

“Together, we must continue to raise awareness that gender-based violence has no place in our lives or in our province.

“Let us join together to reflect on how we can make sure that Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people feel safe, secure and respected wherever they may be.”