PRESS RELEASE: NWAC Congratulates the 3 winners of the Canadian Hillman Prize for their work on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

(April 25, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada wishes to congratulate CBC Aboriginal/CBC News, Radio-Canada and the Globe and Mail for winning the 2016 Canadian Hillman Prize.

CBC Aboriginal and CBC News, through an exhaustive process of interviewing, researching and investigating over 60 years of cases, has created a database of MMIWG.  In this interactive database there are 230 missing women and girls with features that provide deep insight into the women’s lives and the circumstances surrounding their disappearance or murder. Due to their actions new evidence has been uncovered leading to the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police reopening cold cases.

Radio-Canada investigated cases of women who were treated horrifically by Val d’Or police officers – where sources described starlight tours where they would drop women off far out of town, violence, abuse, prostitution, sexual abuse, even rape. The women’s complaints to the police ethic board went unanswered. Eventually numerous changes for the positive occurred as a result of Radio-Canada’s investigation.

The Globe and Mail uncovered more than 250 unidentified human remains not in an RCMP-managed database, investigated Manitoba’s emergency child-welfare program, and revealed that Indigenous women are roughly seven times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be victims of a serial killer. The project featured a unique interactive feature that traced the lives of five Indigenous women slain by serial predators, exposing the social factors that rendered the victims vulnerable.

NWAC President Dawn Lavell-Harvard said:

“Congratulations to everyone involved on receiving the Hillman Prize. Your words and images were weaved into powerful stories and helped NWAC get our longstanding message out, regarding the need for a National Inquiry for MMIWG.”

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 additional information please contact:

Dan Peters
Acting Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll free 1-800-461-4043
Tel.: 613-722-3033 x. 249

dpeters@nwac.ca