FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NWAC recognizes #Dec6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women
(December 6, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada joins all Canadians today in commemorating the lives of Geneviève Bergeron, Hélène Colgan, Nathalie Croteau, Barbara Daigneault, Anne-Marie Edward, Maud Haviernick, Maryse Laganière, Maryse Leclair, Anne-Marie Lemay, Michèle Richard, Annie St-Arneault, Annie Turcotte and Barbara Klucznik-Widajewicz who were massacred on December 6th 1989 at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal.
NWAC believes that the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is a critical day for Canadians not only to remember these women, but also to collectively refocus our effort to end gender-based violence – which remains a pervasive issue across Canada and abroad.
“Today, we mourn these fourteen innocent young women and remember that they died only because they were women – which is and always will be unacceptable,” says Dr. Dawn Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. “A concerted effort to protect women and young girls across Canada regardless of race, age, sexuality, spirituality or class background is imperative.”
NWAC has documented hundreds upon hundreds of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls across Canada. Tragically, our staff continues to add names each week to our database – a clear indication that systemic, gender and race-based violence persists.
NWAC looks to the future with optimism as our newly-elected federal government has indeed promised a national public inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women – as indicated during Friday’s Speech to the Throne. We look forward to shedding more light on our years of research and evidence here at NWAC. We hope to work closely with this new government, to continue consulting with the families of those impacted, and most importantly to taking direct action to end this violence.
NWAC’s thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of the fourteen women killed on the December 6, 1989, and all those impacted each and every day both in Canada and around the world by gender-based 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 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.
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