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2014

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    NWAC launches their report -

    Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking of Aboriginal Women and Girls: Literature Review and Key Informant Interviews

    (October 15, 2014) (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) has just released their comprehensive report on the trafficking of Aboriginal women and girls in Canada for sexual exploitation. The report is part of several reports that...

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    PUBLIC STATEMENT

    OCTOBER 4TH SISTERS IN SPIRIT VIGILS – A MOVEMENT FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

    OCTOBER 1, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will be reading this Statement on October 4th 2014 as part of the Sisters In Spirit Vigil—A Movement for Social Change: 

    October 4th is a day when we...

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    Canada uses World Conference to continue indefensible attack on UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

    September 24, 2014 - Indigenous peoples’ organizations and human rights groups are outraged that the federal government used a high level United Nations forum on Indigenous rights as an opportunity to continue its unprincipled attack on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. 

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    Statement

    (September 30, 2014)

    CACP and NWAC Announce Collaboration – Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

    (Ottawa, ON) - The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP) and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) are pleased to make the following statement: 

    The...

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    Ending violence against Aboriginal women and girls must be a priority for Canadians in election year

    OTTAWA - With federal political parties preparing for an election year, Amnesty International and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) are calling on Canadians to help make ending violence against Aboriginal women and girls a priority for all politicians. Our organizations will be working with women’s organizations and other allies across...

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    Sisters In Spirit - REDress PROJECT

    The REDress Project is the brain child of Jaime Black, Métis Artist, Mom and social activist from Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jaime created the REDress Project to commemorate and honor the over 1,000 missing and/or murdered Aboriginal women and young girls in Canada. http://www.cbc.ca/8thfire/2011/12/reddress-project.html...

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    Outcome Document adopted by all United Nations member States, except Canada

    September 24, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has been participating in the first World Conference on Indigenous Peoples (WCIP), which is happening at the United Nations in New York City this week.  NWAC is pleased that all member states adopted the Outcome Document, but is disappointed in the position taken by Canada.

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    NWAC Continues to call for a National Public Inquiry and a Comprehensive Plan of Action to Address Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls

    September 17, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) - The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased that the Government of Canada is regarding violence against Aboriginal women and girls as a priority and that the high rates of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is an unacceptable situation that must end....

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    Joint Statement on the Anniversary of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Land and resource rights must be recognized and protected

    (12 September 2014)--September 13th marks the 7th anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, a consensus global human rights instrument. The Declaration calls on all states to safeguard the traditional land and resource rights of Indigenous peoples...

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    NWAC Announces the winners of the 2014 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award 

    Ottawa, ON (August 29th, 2014)—The Native Women’s Association of Canada is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award. This initiative assists Aboriginal women who are enrolled in post-secondary education, and was made available through the generous donations of Helen Bassett.  As an active supporter of equal rights for Aboriginal...

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    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...