PRESS RELEASE: NWAC Will Not Comment on the Recent Leak of MMIWG Inquiry’s Draft Terms of Reference

July 20, 2016 (Whitehorse, Yukon) – The Native Women’s Association will not be commenting on the recent leak of the draft Terms of Reference for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. As negotiations are still ongoing between the federal government and the provincial/territorial governments, it would not be productive to comment on a draft Terms of Reference leaked yesterday by several media outlets.

President Lavell-Harvard said, “We at the Native Women’s Association are disappointed that this important document has been leaked ahead of the official launch of the National Inquiry. Commenting at this point would be premature and it would undermine a respectful process for the survivors, families, and loved ones of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.”

President Lavell-Harvard was in meetings at the Council of Federations on Wednesday with the Premiers from all the provinces and territories and other national Indigenous leaders.  All members of the Council reaffirmed their commitment to see the Inquiry move forward in a timely manner.

NWAC is looking forward to providing our comments on the final Terms of Reference at the official launch of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


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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