FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CUPE ‘Rock for Public Services’ draws more than 7,000 attendees, raises over $12K for NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit project




CUPE Rock for Public Services draws more than 7,000 attendees, raises over $12K for NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit project


(November 17, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is thrilled to announce that CUPE’s ‘Rock for Public Services’ benefit concert on Saturday, November 14 was a roaring success. More than 7,000 people joined NWAC at TD Place stadium for an excellent performance featuring Amanda Rheaume, Matt Mays and Sam Roberts Band in support of our Sisters in Spirit initiative.

‘Rock for Public Services’ is a presentation of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 503 and CUPE Ontario, serving as a fundraiser while also celebrating the efforts of municipal workers and health care workers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

NWAC wishes to extend special thanks to the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (part of a comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy), who took time out of his busy schedule to join us for this event. Likewise, NWAC wishes to extend Chi-Miigwetch to Elder Irene Lindsay for joining us and for providing the opening prayer.

NWAC also wishes to thank CUPE Local 503 President Brian Madden and Wil Kelly, Health and Safety Coordinator for Local 503, for their incredibly hard work and generous support.

A grand total of $12, 246.72 was collected on Saturday from the many generous donors in attendance –including a $5,000.00 donation from Jewitt McLuckie & Associates of Ottawa.

Claudette Dumont-Smith, Executive Director of NWAC, says she is overjoyed by the outpouring of love and respect shown to Aboriginal women throughout this event. “I am so humbled by the compassion shown to our cause and our people this evening,” she said. “I look forward to keeping this important conversation going. This was a true example of reconciliation.”

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. To make a donation to NWAC, please visit






For more information or for media inquiries:

Jenn Jefferys
Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor. Ottawa, ON. K1N 7B7
+1 613-656-3016   |   [email protected]

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