PRESS RELEASE: NWAC mourns the loss of Karina Wolfe; Renews call for national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

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NWAC mourns the loss of Karina Wolfe; Renews call for national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

 


(December 4, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada is heartbroken over the death of 20 year-old Karina Wolfe of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Karina was a strong and beautiful young Cree woman from Muskeg Nation.

On November 28th, NWAC’s Executive Elder Judy Hughes visited Saskatoon to pay her respects. Hughes spoke at the 10th anniversary of Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik (Sisters in Spirit Family Group) where a special ceremony took place to honour the life of Karina.

NWAC President Dr. Dawn Harvard says she is troubled by the loss of yet another young Indigenous woman, and that clearly, action must be taken to prevent subsequent tragedies like this one from happening again. “Karina Wolfe was a beautiful woman taken too soon,” said Dr. Harvard. “Clearly, the time for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is now. We owe it to the Wolfe family and hundreds more like them to end this violence now.”

NWAC looks forward to working collaboratively with the families of our missing and murdered Indigenous women across the country, as well as with the new Minister of Indigenous Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, to finally break ground on this long-awaited historic inquiry.

On behalf of all of our staff and board members across the country, NWAC extends our deepest condolences to Karina’s mother, Carol Wolfe, and to all of Karina’s family and friends at this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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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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 ext. 235   |   jjefferys@nwac.ca

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