AMC Stands Against Discrimination; Rejects Poilievre’s Remarks on Transgender Rights

February 22, 2024

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba

AMC Communications

Treaty One Territory, Manitoba The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) rejects recent statements made by Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre proposing measures to exclude transgender women and “biological men” from spaces traditionally designated for women. Such rhetoric perpetuates discrimination based on gender identity and expression, and the AMC stands in solidarity with the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community in condemning it.

“All citizens have a right to belong, and we share the same rights and freedoms without prejudice and discrimination,” said AMC Grand Chief Cathy Merrick. “Governments are entrusted to safeguard the safety and integrity of all its citizens, not to promote hate and fear. This week’s divisive comments made in the House of Commons have no place in our society.”

The AMC reaffirms its commitment to fostering inclusive and equitable environments for 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals within member First Nations and broader urban communities. Poilievre’s remarks undermine the fundamental human right for all individuals to access goods, services, facilities, and accommodations free from discrimination. “The AMC urges political leaders to reject such language and policies targeting marginalized communities, emphasizing the importance of unity, responsibility, and respect in all discussions,” concluded AMC Grand Chief Merrick.

The AMC stands united with 2SLGBTQQIA+ citizens across the province, emphasizing ongoing efforts to create safe and inclusive spaces on and off-reserve.

In light of these remarks, the AMC calls for a public apology to the 2SLGBTQQIA+ community and urges leaders to prioritize inclusive policies and language in their discourse.

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Communications Team
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

About the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs

The AMC was formed in 1988 by the Chiefs in Manitoba to advocate on issues that commonly affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC is an authorized representative of 62 of the 63 First Nations in Manitoba, with a total of more than 172,000 First Nations citizens in the province, accounting for approximately 12 percent of the provincial population. AMC represents a diversity of Anishinaabe (Ojibway), Nehetho / Ininew (Cree), Anisininew (Ojibwe-Cree), Denesuline (Dene) and Dakota Oyate (Dakota) peoples.