Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) Respond to the Inter-American Commissions’ Report on Canada’s Failure to Address the High Rates of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

MEDIA ADVISORY

January 9, 2015 [Ottawa, ON] – On January 12, 2015 the Inter‑American Commission on Human Rights, which is an arm of the Organization of American States, will issue a report on its investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls in British Columbia. The investigation was requested by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) in March 2012.

This report is the first in‑depth examination by an expert human rights body of the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women in Canada with key recommendations for Federal, Provincial/Territorial Governments to address the situation.

On January 12, NWAC and FAFIA will hold a press conference during which Dr. Dawn Harvard (NWAC), Holly Johnson (FAFIA), Claudette Dumont‑Smith, Executive Director of NWAC and Leilani Farha, Executive Director of Canada Without Poverty and United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, will present their response.

Time: 10:30AM

Date: Monday, January 12, 2015

Location: Charles Lynch Room, Parliament Building – Centre Block

Media Contacts:

Claudette Dumont-Smith, 613-722-3033 X 223, cdumontsmith@nwac.ca

Dr. Dawn Harvard, NWAC President, 905-441-4097, mharvard@sympatico.ca

Sharon McIvor, FAFIA, 250-378-7479, bearclaw@shaw.ca

Shelagh Day, FAFIA, 604-872-0750, shelagh.day@gmail.com

Holly Johnson, 613-355-5582, holly.johnson@uottawa.ca

Leilani Farha, 613-302-7769, leilani@cwp-csp.ca

Mavis Erickson, Women’s Advocate, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 250 649‑6858, cyl16@netbistro.com

 

15.01.09 NWAC and FAFIA Respond to the Inter-Commissions’ Report on Canada’s Failure to Address MMAW