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WHITEHORSE – The Yukon Party Official Opposition is urging the Liberal government to ensure the Yukon Women’s Coalition is properly consulted, and included in, negotiations on the funding agreement and implementation plan for the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence.
A request from the groups was first made in a February 28 letter to the Minister of Women and Gender Equity Directorate. The eight-member organizations of the Yukon Women’s Coalition requested, “A formal working relationship with Yukon Government on the roll out of National Action Plan funding in the Yukon in the form of an MOU that would demonstrate our inclusion as decision-makers on prioritization of how this funding should roll out.”
On May 18, the Liberal government announced it had begun bilateral discussions with Ottawa to finalize the Yukon’s agreement for funding and implementation. To date, neither the government nor the Yukon Women’s Coalition has announced a formal MOU.
In addition, participation by the coalition or an outline of their priorities in bilateral negotiations was noticeably absent in the Liberal government announcement on the start of negotiations.
“This government has a concerning track record on consultation and needs to ensure the capacity, programs, and funding of Yukon Women’s Coalition members match the details of the funding agreement and implementation plan for the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence,” said Women and Gender Equity Directorate Critic Yvonne Clarke. “The Liberals have an alarming trend of making decisions without seeking input from Yukoners. To ensure success, they need to properly consult with the Yukon Women’s Coalition before making decisions on implementation, so any plans or funding match up with the needs on the ground.”