National Aboriginal Day June 21

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(June 21, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) interim president Dr. Dawn Harvard is looking forward to the celebrations that are taking place across the country to mark National Aboriginal Day on June 21. This day is a special day set aside for Aboriginal peoples to celebrate their unique history, culture and traditions and for all Canadians to recognize and acknowledge their distinctive place in Canada as the First Peoples of this great land.

“This day is special for us as Aboriginal peoples. We are proud of our heritage, our cultures and traditions and invite all Canadians to attend a National Aboriginal Day event occurring in their area. Only by learning and respecting each other’s ways can we expect to achieve peaceful and harmonious co-existence in Canada. A Canada that is free of racism and discrimination,” said interim president, Dr. Dawn Harvard.

National Aboriginal Day will be celebrated in a variety of ways such as pow-wows, concerts, festivals or other special events. NWAC is hoping that Aboriginal and non- Aboriginal Canadians take the time to participate at a National Aboriginal Day event and would encourage you to invite family, friends and neighbours to join in the festivities as well!

HAPPY NATIONAL ABORIGINAL DAY ALL!

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For information please contact:

Claudette Dumont-Smith
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll free 1-800-461-4043
Tel.: 613-722-3033 x. 223
cdumontsmith@nwac.ca

 

National Aboriginal Day June 21

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National Aboriginal Day RCMP

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Native Women’s Association of Canada Interim President Dr. Dawn Harvard says RCMP’s new report on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women highlights the immediate need for

a National Public Inquiry and a National Action Plan

OTTAWA, June 20, 2015 – The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) Interim President Dawn Harvard said today the over-representation of Indigenous women who are missing and/or murdered in Canada is a serious issue, which cannot be ignored any longer.

This follows Friday’s release of the RCMP’s 2015 Update to the National Operational Overview on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women which reports higher rates of homicides for Aboriginal women under RCMP jurisdiction. Similar to the mainstream population, offenders are known to their victims as was the case in the majority of the solved homicide cases of Aboriginal women in 2013 and 2014.

According to another RCMP report released last year, nearly 1,200 aboriginal women were reported as missing or had been murdered since 1980. Although Aboriginal females represent only four per cent of the Canadian female population, they account for 16% of murders committed in Canada.

“The numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women continues at a steady pace, which no longer can be ignored by all members of our society,” said Interim President Dawn Harvard. “We need to address these issues, and a national public inquiry is the best way to inform the development and implementation of a comprehensive national action plan for ending violence that should encapsulate a focus on truth and reconciliation, healthy communities, improved child and family welfare, access to health and social services, and education — we need to take action now to change this disturbing and ongoing trend,” Harvard said.

The 2014 National Operational Overview was based on data from all police services from 1980- 2012. The 2015 Update to the National Operation Overview is based on RCMP data from 2013- 2014.

The report is available at http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/abo-aut/mmaw-fada-eng.htm.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada is the national organization representing First Nation and Metis women in Canada.

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For information please contact:
Claudette Dumont-Smith
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll free: 1-800-461-4043
Tel.: 613-722-3033 x. 223
cdumontsmith@nwac.ca
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NWAC 41st Annual General Assembly (AGA)

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) 41st Annual General Assembly (AGA) will be held July 11-12, 2015 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montréal, 1201, René-Lévesque Blvd. West.

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