Canadian lawmaker kicked off the floor for 'unparliamentary language' about missing and murdered Indigenous women

The missing and murdered Indigenous women crisis in North America took an ugly turn as a lawmaker was silenced for her statements on the topics.

"Nahanni Fontaine, a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba for St. Johns constituency in the Province of Manitoba, and only the second First Nations woman to have been elected to her position, was asked to leave the legislative chamber for the day on March 10 after using "unparliamentary language'" when speaking about missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two spirit individuals," Indian Country Today reports. "During the session, Fontaine, Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation, was speaking about the recent homicide of a First Nations woman Jana Williams, whose body was tragically discovered near to the Red River. Fontaine had attended a memorial gathering for Williams and during the session, she discussed the lack of support for the family from other Manitoba Legislature members."

Fontaine was accused of a political maneuver for discussing the memorial and responded to the allegation on the floor.

"I'm not trying to score political points," Fontaine said. "I'm simply pointing out that not one single member of the PC caucus has reached out to the family or has even posted on Twitter, which there are so apt to do when it's orange shirt day condolences to the family, it is indicative that they just don't give a crap about Indigenous women and girls."

The leader asked three time for her to retract her statement.

"I will not," she replied.

She was ordered to leave the floor for the rest of the day.

"The honorable member for St. John's, pursuant to our rules for disregarding the authority of the chair and to direct that she withdraw from the chamber for the remainder of this sitting day," House speaker Myrna Driedger said.