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(December 8, 2014) (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) was the recipient of the Vox Libera Award at the 2014 Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) Gala on December 3 in Toronto.
NWAC received this award for their ongoing work and tireless effort, over the past several years, to bring national and international attention to the high numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and of the unacceptable high rates of violence experienced by many. Through their groundbreaking research carried out through the Sisters in Spirit Initiative, during 2005-2010, NWAC created a comprehensive database that listed 582 Aboriginal women and girls who went missing or were murdered between 1960 and 2010.
“Through its tireless work NWAC has brought the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada to the fore,” said Carol Off, Chair of the CJFE Gala. “Their work to bring this systemic problem to light is exactly what the Vox Libera represents. We are very honoured to be presenting NWAC with this award.”
NWAC Vice-President Dr. Dawn Harvard accepted the award on the organization’s behalf. In her acceptance speech Dawn said, in reference to the many missing Aboriginal women and girls, “They’re not missing. They’re not like so many misplaced keys, or your wallet, or your sunglasses. These women and girls were stolen.”
NWAC continues to call for a national public inquiry and a comprehensive action plan to address the crisis of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. NWAC will continue to work at raising the awareness of issues affecting Aboriginal women and for widespread policy changes so they can achieve equality to that of other women in Canadian society.
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.
For additional information, please contact:
Claudette Dumont Smith, Executive Director
1-800-461-4043 or firstname.lastname@example.org