25 Years Later – Violence is Still Rampant in Canada


(December 5, 2014) (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) recognizes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women and solemnly acknowledges the 25th anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal and the ongoing violence against Aboriginal women and girls. “We mourn the high rates of violence against Aboriginal women, and we are very concerned for the safety and security of all women,” said Michèle Audette, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

“We need to work together – Aboriginal Peoples and all Governments to put in place measures that protect our women and young girls. The provinces and territories and Aboriginal Peoples have all supported the call for a national public inquiry and now we need to work together, along with the Federal Government to implement a comprehensive, national framework of action to end violence!” NWAC honours the 1181 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada along with the women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. Sadly, we continue to add names to the list of those lost to violence. NWAC has worked with Aboriginal families and communities who have been affected by violence, to raise awareness of the crisis and to develop tools that will assist those who have lost a loved one to violence, and to prevent violence.

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 Canada. 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

14.12.04 Violence is still Rampant in Canada