scoop.co.nz 11 Mar, 2021 20:45 am

Next Steps In Government’s Ongoing Work With March 15 Survivors

Next Steps In Government’s Ongoing Work With March 15 Survivors
Hon Andrew little Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan Minister for Diversity, Inclusion, and Ethnic Communities The shuhada (martyrs), families, survivors and all those affected by the terrorist attack on two Christchurch Mosques are being acknowledged as the ...

“Our thoughts continue to be with the victims, survivors, families and all those affected by the horrific attack,” Lead Coordination Minister for the Government’s response to the Royal Commission Andrew Little says.Communities’ priorities expressed at many of the hui included: · The education sector plays a critical role in contributing to a socially cohesive New Zealand · There are continued concerns over the Royal Commission of Inquiry’s finding that no individual or specific Government agency was at fault for the terrorist attack · Safety within New Zealand for those from Muslim and other ethnic communities remains a concern · The Government needs to be accountable and responsive to communities · The media can perpetuate negative stereotypes towards ethnic and faith communities, and this should be addressed · Hate speech, hate crime and hate incidents are experienced by many within the community, and legislative reform is an important tool for change · Many face barriers in accessing services and discrimination in securing employment · Any response needs to be inclusive of all-of-society, and these conversations need to be wider than just within Muslim and other ethnic communities · There needs to be continued culturally sensitive health and wellbeing support for communities · The Government needs to work in partnership with community organisations to effect true change · The public service needs to be committed to diversity and inclusion, and ensure that ethnic and faith voices are heard in policy development A full summary of the feedback has been published on the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet website, fulfilling a commitment for early report back to those who attended the hui.Andrew Little and Priyanca Radhakrishnan have today outlined four initiatives as part of progress made following the release of the Royal Commission’s report in December.The Government will continue to support communities with the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry Ethnic and Faith Community Engagement Response Fund to help minority ethnic and faith communities engage with Government to inform the Government’s response to the Royal Commission.

It will support communities to have representatives that can engage as we implement the Royal Commission’s recommendations,” Andrew Little said.The Implementation Oversight Advisory Group will be a partner in the Government’s response by ensuring timely, effective and accountable implementation of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission’s Report.

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