The North has the highest numbers of police-reported domestic and family violence in Canada. To successfully tackle this issue, territorial governments must join forces with Indigenous organizations, corporations and other actors. Ultimately, government must support and allow Indigenous communities to develop their own unique and specific responses to violence.

In Ending Domestic and Family Violence in the North: The Next Step in Reconciliation, Crystal Gail Fraser reflects on the human aspects of reconciliation. Focusing on the implications of social policy, she calls our attention to the innovative approaches taken in the territories to address domestic and family violence by targeting violence and multi-generational trauma. However, she reminds us that territorial governments cannot tackle the enormous injustices of domestic and family violence alone. Developing partnerships with Indigenous organizations, corporations and governments is an important step. Success will come by allowing Indigenous communities, supported by government, to develop their own unique and specific plans in these collaborative relationships.

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