Wednesday April 16, 2014
-A A +A

News Release

These are current media releases. To see our complete search-able archive go here.

2014

  • 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...

  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • Press Release - For Immediate Release

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • MEDIA ADVISORY - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Press Conference - Native Women’s Association of Canada Presents Petitions for a National Public Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women

    WHAT:  On February 13, 2014, Michèle Audette,  President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), will be on Parliament Hill to call on the Government of Canada to acknowledge and receive more than 23,000 signatures calling for a National Public Inquiry into the matter of missing and murdered...

2013

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC deeply concerned with Supreme Court Ruling on Bedford v. Canada

    (December 20, 2013) (Ottawa, ON) - Today, the Supreme Court of Canada has struck down Canada’s criminal laws against prostitution with respect to keeping a brothel, living on the avails of prostitution, and street soliciting. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is very disappointed with the decision as it fails to protect Aboriginal women and...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

    Ottawa, ON (December 6, 2013) – NWAC recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, and is honoured to participate in activities that mark the 24th anniversary of the murders of fourteen young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. 

    “We still mourn the young women who...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC Congratulates Recipients of the Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case

     

    Ottawa, ON (October 30, 2013) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada recognizes the achievements of this year’s recipients of the Governor General’s Awards. Five outstanding women were honoured Tuesday October 29, 2013 for their contributions to the advancement of women in Canada.  

     

    Constance Backhouse is...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC Calls on All Canadians to Report Suspicions Regarding Missing or Murdered Persons

    Ottawa, ON (October 24, 2013) -  The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is deeply concerned that Aboriginal women continue to go missing or be found murdered on a regular basis in Canada.

    Earlier this week national and local media reported that two Aboriginal women were missing from the Kitigan Zibi reserve. Last seen Sunday morning,...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC extends deadline for support for NWAC Petition Calling for a National Public Inquiry

    October 18, 2013 (Ottawa ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is extending their final call for signatures on the NWAC Petition Calling for a National Public Inquiry to investigate the tragedy of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.

    President Michèle Audette sends a message of...

  • PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) Welcomes the Visit of the United Nations Special Rapporteur to Canada

    Ottawa, ON (October 7, 2013) – The United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Professor James Anaya, has begun his official visit to Canada from October 7-14, 2013. The purpose for his visit to Canada is to examine the situation...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC invites local and national media to feature stories on the annual October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils

    October 3, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is calling on local and national media to feature stories on the annual October 4th Sisters In Spirit Vigils, which are taking place in Canada and abroad. For the past eight (8) years, the NWAC has designated October 4th as a day to remember and honour the lives of the many...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC celebrates the official opening of the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit

    October 2, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) celebrates the official opening of the Walking With Our Sisters exhibit which begins its journey today in Edmonton, AB. 

    Walking With Our Sisters is a commemorative art installation project that honours the lives of missing and murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC announces an unprecedented 200 Sisters In Spirit Vigils registered for October 4th 2013

    September 30, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) announces that more than 200 Sisters in Spirit Vigils are registered across Canada for October 4th 2013. 

    October 4th is a day when we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and support families who have been tragically...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC expresses disbelief, and is taken aback by Canada’s response to the UN Human Rights Council

    Ottawa, ON (September 20, 2013). The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is stupefied that Canada is rejecting calls from the UN Human Rights Council for Canada to develop a comprehensive national review to end violence against Aboriginal women.

    The NWAC has called on the Government of Canada for several years now to conduct a National Public Inquiry; over...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC Announces the 8th Annual Ottawa SIS Vigil on October 4th 2013 

    September 19, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce the 8th Annual Ottawa SIS Vigil on October 4th 2013.  

    October 4th is a day when we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and support families who have been tragically touched by the loss of a loved one to violence. Vigils take many forms: a rally, a candle-...

  • PRESS RELEASE - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    NWAC looking for support for the 2013 Joint Statement to be read nationwide at the  October 4th 2013 Sisters In Spirit Vigils

    September 18, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is looking for supporters for the 2013 Joint Statement to be read nationwide on October 4th 2013 as part of the Sisters In Spirit Vigils—A Movement for Social Change.

     October 4th is a day when we honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women...