Press Conference on Inquiry into MMIWG on Sunday, January 31 in Ottawa

Press Conference on Inquiry into MMIWG to be held on Sunday, January 31st at 12:00 p.m. EST in Ottawa

 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), and the Canadian Journal of Women in Law (CJWL) are hosting a symposium on the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women on January 30 and 31, 2016 at the University of Ottawa.

Forty five women from across Canada ― Indigenous women and allies ― will meet with six international human rights experts from the United Nations and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights during this private symposium. Also in attendance at the Symposium will be Caroline Bettinger Lopez, who is the Advisor to the White House on Violence against Women.

PLEASE NOTE: This symposium is invite only, however, a press conference will be held on Sunday, January 31st at 12:00 p.m. EST at the University of Ottawa on the 3rd floor of Desmarais Building in room DMS 3105. All media, local and national, are warmly encouraged to attend. Media can expect insight into the ideas and dialogue that emerge throughout this historic two-day symposium.


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“This is an historic meeting. Never before has Canada hosted an international group of this nature to discuss the rights of Indigenous women and girls. We look forward to exploring the ways in which a national inquiry can work as a practical, effective mechanism for holding Canada to account and finding real ways to make systemic change happen.”
-Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC)

“The national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women is a massive undertaking. Major issues must be examined such as policing and social and economic policies that are known to perpetuate Indigenous women’s vulnerability to violence. We are confident that this symposium will help put some of these pressing issues on the table.”
-Sharon McIvor, Executive Director of the Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA-AFAI)

“Violence against Indigenous women is a crisis in Canada and we cannot look away. And that’s exactly why we’re here this weekend; prepared to tackle this head on.”
-Fay Blaney, Downtown East Side Women’s Centre, feminist activist

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For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca

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NWAC Senior Manager of Violence Prevention and Safety, Gail Gallagher, Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship

NWAC Senior Manager of Violence Prevention and Safety, Gail Gallagher, Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship


The Native Women’s Association of Canada asks that you join us in congratulating our Senior Manager of Violence Prevention and Safety, Gail Gallagher, who has been awarded a substantial academic scholarship from the University of Alberta.

 

Ms. Gallagher is a proud First Nations Cree woman from Frog Lake First Nation, Alberta, who currently resides in the Nation’s capital. Currently, Gail is in her last year of her Masters’ degree with the Native Studies Faculty at the University of Alberta.

 

Her thesis focuses on the sexual exploitation and marginalization of Aboriginal women and ways that Aboriginal activism works to reduce this – critical subject matter that will not only continue to benefit her expertise in her role at NWAC, but will also contribute to the growing body academic research into the issue of Indigenous women’s social, economic and cultural inequality in Canada.
“The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship for Masters level work is an outstanding achievement,” says NWAC Executive Director, Claudette Dumont-Smith. “I ask that all NWAC staff, board members and friends across Canada join me in congratulating Ms. Gallagher today on this extraordinary achievement. Gail’s work will undoubtedly inspire more Native women like her to succeed academically.”

 

Prior to her employment as the Senior Manager of Violence Prevention & Safety with the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Gail earned extensive work experience through building partnerships and relationships at the federal, provincial and First Nations regional levels.

 

Congratulations, Gail!

 

For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca

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PRESS RELEASE // FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: NWAC Welcomes Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling in Favour of First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

NWAC Welcomes Canadian Human Rights Tribunal Ruling in Favour of First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada

 


(January 26, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada welcomes today’s  Canadian Human Rights Tribunal ruling in favour of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, led by their courageous Executive Director Cindy Blackstock.

In a landmark case, the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ruled that First Nations children on reserves face discrimination from the Government of Canada. After nine long years and millions of dollars in legal battles, First Nations children, families and supporters across the country are finally receiving the vindication they deserve.

 

Today the government is finally being held to account for its past and present treatment of an entire generation of Indigenous children – resulting in up to 38% less funding than elsewhere for on-reserve child welfare services, and resulting in the perpetuation of extremely high rates of foster care resulting in the ongoing high rates of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

 

NWAC has followed this case closely since it was initially filed by Cindy Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations in 2007. Given that the purpose of the Canadian Human Rights Act is to protect individuals from discrimination, this ruling clearly indicates that the Act and the Government of Canada have categorically failed our First Nations children for years.

During today’s press conference, Cindy Blackstock asks: “Don’t you think the one thing we can get [right in reconciliation] is raising a generation of First Nations children that don’t have to recover from their childhoods anymore?” NWAC agrees.

 

Now that this grim reality has been acknowledged by our government, it is NWAC’s hope that this ruling will be the beginning of a brighter future for First Nations children in Canada both on and off reserve.

 

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“I am thrilled to hear that after years of denial and deflection, the truth is finally being heard, and Cindy Blackstock is finally receiving the ruling she has fought so long and hard for. Any form of discrimination against First Nations children (or any Indigenous children for that matter) is unacceptable. Canada must never again see a case like Jordan River Anderson’s fall through our institutional cracks. We owe it to Jordan, and thousands more like him, to do better. It’s time we acknowledge Canada’s racist discriminatory practices and begin working towards a brighter future for the next generation. First Nations children deserve more than rhetoric – they deserve immediate Government action.”
-NWAC President Dawn Lavell-Harvard

 

 

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 media inquiries or more information, please contact:

Jenn Jefferys – Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada

+1 613-722.3033 ext. 235
+1 613-485-1988 (cell)
jjefferys@nwac.ca

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NWAC Stands with La Loche Community School in Wake of January 22 Shooting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

 

NWAC Stands with La Loche Community
School in Wake of January 22 Shooting


(January 22, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada is heartbroken to hear of the horrific shooting that took place at La Loche Community School in the small and primarily Indigenous community of La Loche, Saskatchewan earlier today.

Though details on this tragedy are still developing, our regional members are doing everything in their power on the ground in Saskatchewan to provide support to those impacted.

NWAC confers that now is a time to come together and refocus our efforts, nation-to-nation, to end violence in all its forms. We wish to send all of our love and support to Northern Saskatchewan in this incredibly difficult time.

Quotes

“I want to let the families know that we are out here and prepared to help and support you in any way we can. We are here for you.”
– Elder West Board Member & Regional Director for Violence Prevention & Safety, Judy Hughes (Saskatchewan)

“Tonight, I ask you to pray for our sisters and brothers in La Loche. On behalf of our entire board and staff across Canada, we stand with you.”
– NWAC President, Dawn Lavell-Harvard (Ottawa)


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 nwac.ca.

 

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For more information and for media inquiries:

Jenn Jefferys – Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
+1 613-656-3016 ext. 235  |  +1 613-485-1988 (cell)
jjefferys@nwac.ca

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Indigenous Women, Allies and International Human Rights Experts Gather to Strategize National Inquiry into MMIWG

 

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NWAC President Dawn Lavell-Harvard appointed to Senate Advisory Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(January 19, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada seeks to congratulate our elected president, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, PhD., who today was named a member of the Independent Advisory Board for Senate Appointments.

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Democratic Institutions, announced the establishment of the Advisory Board today (January 19, 2016), appointing eight members from across Canada, including Lavell-Harvard.

“I am honoured to accept this prestigious appointment,” says Lavell-Harvard. “I look forward to ensuring a high standard of integrity, collaboration, and non-partisanship in the Senate.”

The Advisory Board will be an independent and non-partisan body whose mandate is to provide the Prime Minister with merit-based recommendations on Senate nominations. Currently, there are 22 vacancies in the Senate. Lavell-Harvard will participate in filling those vacancies.

You can read the official announcement from the Government of Canada regarding the new Advisory Board here.

 

 

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 media inquiries or more information, please contact:
Jenn Jefferys – Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
+1 613-722.3033 ext. 235
+1 613-485-1988 (cell)
jjefferys@nwac.ca

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NWAC urges survivors, families and loved ones of MMIWG to actively participate in pre-inquiry consultations

PUBLIC ADVISORY – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

(January 19, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) ― Be advised that the Government of Canada’s pre-inquiry consultation meetings are underway, and they are open to survivors, families, and loved ones of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, as well as representatives of front-line and Indigenous organizations.

This is your opportunity to be heard on the national level. To that end, NWAC urges everyone who is willing to participate to take part in these regional consultations to do so in-person or online.

As of January 19, 2016, here is a list of upcoming meetings:

 

  • Thunder Bay, Ontario: January 6, 2016
  • Yellowknife, Northwest Territories: January 8, 2016
  • Whitehorse, Yukon: January 11, 2016
  • Vancouver, British Columbia: January 13, 2016
  • Prince George, British Columbia: January 15, 2016
  • Halifax, Nova Scotia: January 20, 2016
  • Québec City, Québec: January 21, 2016
  • Montréal, Québec: January 22, 2016
  • Iqaluit, Nunavut: January 29, 2016
  • Toronto, Ontario: February 5, 2016
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba: February 8, 2016
  • Regina, Saskatchewan: February 9, 2016
  • Saskatoon, Saskatchewan: February 10, 2016
  • Edmonton, Alberta: February 11, 2016
  • Calgary, Alberta: February 12, 2016
  • Ottawa, Ontario: February 15, 2016

If you are survivor, family member or loved one and would like to attend one of these meetings, you are asked to email AADNC.EFFAAD-IMMIWG.AANDC@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca or call toll-free at 1-877-535-7309.

You are also encouraged to visit the National Inquiry website here.

NWAC continues to respectfully urge the Government of Canada to consult our organization, our sister organizations, and those with Indigenous lived experience every step of the way.

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, please contact:

Jenn Jefferys – Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
+1 613-722-3033 ext. 235 |  jjefferys@nwac.ca

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