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2014

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC Discouraged by Racist Assumptions in the Globe and Mail

    August 27, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is disappointed with the racist remarks made within the article published by the Globe and Mail – “Posturing is the only reason for a missing women inquiry.” The article is symptomatic of the problem that Aboriginal Peoples face every day. Racist generalizations are often made to try to dismiss the real issue, which...

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    The Obvious Need for a National Public Inquiry!

    August 19, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is once again extremely disheartened and discouraged to learn that the wrapped body, pulled out of the Red River, Manitoba on August 18, was that of 15 year-old Tina Fontaine, who had only very recently gone missing.  And, just a week ago prior to this event, the remains of another young Aboriginal woman, Samantha Paul, was...

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    NWAC appeals to all MPs to support Bill S-212, to ensure equal Aboriginal male/female representation in the governing structures of Canada’s top economic institutions

    July 31, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is in full support of Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette’s Private Members’ Bill S-212 to modernize the gender composition of boards of directors of certain corporations, financial...

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    NWAC wants Thérèse Casgrain’s name restored to the National Volunteer Awards

    (August 6, 2014) (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is concerned that Thérèse Casgrain’s legacy is in jeopardy with the unceremonious and disrespectful removal of her name from the National Volunteer Awards.  

    The Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award was created to honour individuals who reflected the...

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    NWAC Grateful for Support!

    August 5, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - For the first time this year in its’ 40 year history, NWAC put out a call to businesses and corporate Canada asking for assistance in convening its’ 40th Annual General Assembly (AGA) held in Halifax in July. 

    “With all the recent Federal Government funding cutbacks, I was somewhat worried as to how we were going to get it all done.  I was pleasantly surprised and pleased at...

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    New Prostitution Law begins to recognize the Harm in Prostitution

    —Wednesday, June 4, 2014 –The Women's Coalition for the Abolition of prostitution, Pan Canadian women’s-equality seeking coalition, is hopeful seeing the new law addresses the core harm of prostitution – the buying, the commodification and the pimping of women’s bodies. However, the coalition is critical that the law doesn’t fully address the compounding inequalities of gender, race and...

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    NWAC not surprised by numbers of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women reported in RCMP’s National Operational Overview

    Ottawa, ON (May 16, 2014) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) welcomes the RCMP’s National Operational Overview, a comprehensive account of Canada's missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The RCMP`s Overview reports 1,181 Aboriginal women that have gone missing or were murdered between the...

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    The Native Women’s Association of Canada Supports the Report Recommendations of the UN Special Rapporteur 

    Ottawa, ON (May 14, 2014) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) welcomes the Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya. This report highlights the ongoing human rights concerns of Aboriginal Peoples in Canada and provides recommendations for improvements that are required in existing...

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    NWAC Recognizes the Saskatchewan Government for Taking Action to Solve and Prevent Cases of Missing and Murdered by Establishing a Missing Persons Week

    May 7, 2014 Ottawa, ON - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) congratulates the Saskatchewan Government for creating Saskatchewan Missing Persons Week for the week of May 4 to 10th, 2014.  It is a week dedicated to hosting activities to solve cases and prevent future ones as well as honour...

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    NWAC successfully completes the Evidence to Action II and looks forward to future projects addressing violence against Aboriginal women and girls

    April 30, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is celebrating today the successful conclusion of the Evidence to Action II (ETA II) project. The ETA II project was funded by the Status of Women Canada, with a budget of $1.89 M and operated between the periods of February 3, 2011...

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    NWAC successfully completes the Evidence to Action II and looks forward to future projects addressing violence against Aboriginal women and girls

    April 30, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is celebrating today the successful conclusion of the Evidence to Action II (ETA II) project. The ETA II project was funded by the Status of Women Canada, with a budget of $1.89 M and operated between the periods of February 3, 2011...

  • NWAC President Michèle Taïna Audette honoured as Nation Builder by Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa

    April 29, 2014 Ottawa, ON - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) congratulates President Michèle Taïna Audette as recipient of the Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa Award, Listening to the Drumbeat: Recognizing our past and honouring our future with Aboriginal Women. 

    The Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa is honouring leading Canadian Aboriginal Women as Nation Builders on April 29th at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa.  The award is being bestowed upon...

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    NWAC President Michèle Taïna Audette honoured as Nation Builder by Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa 

    April 29, 2014 Ottawa, ON - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) congratulates President Michèle Taïna Audette as recipient of the Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa Award, Listening to the Drumbeat: Recognizing our past and honouring our future with Aboriginal Women. 

    The Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa is honouring leading Canadian Aboriginal...

  • NWAC's response to the Special Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women (SCVAIW)

    More than Invisible, Invisible to Real Action

    Invisible Women, A Call To Action.

    A report on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada.

    “This would have been an opportune time for the Government to demonstrate to all Canadians, and to our International colleagues as well, that it truly is committed to ending all forms of violence against Aboriginal women and girls. This report fails to show the needed...

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    Women are not for Sale

    Ottawa, ON, (March 24th 2014)  In December 2013 the Supreme Court of Canada found portions of the criminal laws relating to prostitution unconstitutional and held that the declaration of invalidity was suspended for 12 months to give Parliament an opportunity to put new laws in place.  Parliament must respond to this decision in 2014 in a manner consistent with its constitutional and international obligations to protect and...

  • Press Release - For Immediate Release

    NWAC Disappointed Once Again

    Ottawa, ON. (March 7, 2014) The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) wishes to express its’ disappointment and frustration at the report recently released by the Special Parliamentary Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women that was touted to be the panacea for addressing the high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls, including their disappearances and murder. In spite of the call by many witnesses, who...

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    NWAC Digital Life Stories

    March 3, 2014 (OTTAWA) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce the release of four new digital life stories, the last in a series of seven, created through the Evidence to Action II project, funded by the Status of Women Canada. These seven digital life stories are in addition to the eleven life stories developed during the Sisters in Spirit...

  • Press Release - For Immediate Release

    Ongoing Tragedy! 

    February 28, 2014 (Ottawa) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is reaffirming its’ call for a National Public Inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada as the tragedy continues.

    Just in the past six months, NWAC has noted that at least eight Aboriginal women have been murdered. “These statistics should raise the alarm for all Canadians,” stated President, Michèle Audette...

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    THOUSANDS OF CANADIANS CALL FOR NATIONAL PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO MISSING AND MURDERED ABORIGINAL WOMEN

    February 13, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) delivered over 23,000 signatures today to the House of Commons in support of NWAC’s call for a National Public Inquiry into the more than 600 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.  “This is a national tragedy that can no longer be ignored,” said President Michèle...

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    Native Women’s Association of Canada Disappointed in Yesterday’s Budget Announcement

     February 12, 2014 Ottawa, ON - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) was initially pleased to hear about the announcement regarding new investments into addressing the situation of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in the new federal budget but, “this budget does not go far enough to address violence against Aboriginal women in general and falls far...