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 selfless nature of Casgrain’s work. With determination Casgrain fought for the right of Quebec women to vote, which they finally won in 1940.

NWAC President Michèle Audette stated, “In Quebec where my roots are, a strong tradition of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal women leaders have helped women and girls know that they can be active participants in Quebec’s economic and political landscape. There is still much work to be done, however Thérèse Casgrain’s many contributions as an early feminist in Quebec cannot be understated or forgotten”.

The renamed “Prime Minister’s Volunteer Awards” does not have at its core the principles Casgrain embodied and NWAC requests that Thérèse Casgrain’s name be restored and reattached to Canada’s National Volunteer Awards.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.

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For additional information, please contact:

Claudette Dumont Smith, Executive Director
1-800-461-4043 or cdumontsmith@nwac.ca

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