(April 14, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) welcomes today’s landmark Supreme Court of Canada decision and views it as an historic day for the rights of Indigenous people. We welcome this decision because many of our people have been pushed out of our communities as a result of technicalities and were never afforded the status and rights that come with being an Indigenous person.
Some Indigenous women who married non-Indigenous men lost their status and were given opportunities through Bill C-31 but were never allowed membership into their Bands. Historically and even today non-status and Métis women and their children are some of the most disadvantaged people in Canada. NWAC is optimistic this is a first step on the long road to achieving a better life for all our people and eventually eradicating the pervasive poverty.
“Today is a good day for Indigenous women and their children in Canada. NWAC have always supported Métis and non-status Indigenous women and children and was a founding goal of NWAC’s, which makes this decision all the more significant to NWAC. NWAC will continue to support this decision and work to ensure that benefits flow to Indigenous women and children who are the beneficiaries of this decision.”
―Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada
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