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.
Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Location: Charles Lynch Room, Parliament Building – Centre Block
Claudette Dumont-Smith, 613-722-3033 X 223, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Dawn Harvard, NWAC President, 905-441-4097, email@example.com
Sharon McIvor, FAFIA, 250-378-7479, firstname.lastname@example.org
Shelagh Day, FAFIA, 604-872-0750, email@example.com
Holly Johnson, 613-355-5582, firstname.lastname@example.org
Leilani Farha, 613-302-7769, email@example.com
Mavis Erickson, Women’s Advocate, Carrier Sekani Tribal Council, 250 649‑6858, firstname.lastname@example.org