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2014

  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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...

  • PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    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 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...

  • 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,...