NWAC and FAFIA to Address Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on MMIWG

 

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(April 6, 2016) (Washington, DC) – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) will hold a critical hearing following up on its January 2015 report, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia. The hearing will be held, on April 7, 2016 at 3:15 p.m. Eastern in Washington, D.C., and will serve as an opportunity for members of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to engage in open dialogue with Canadian officials on what progress has been made on the implementation of the IACHR’s recommendations.

Representatives from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) will deliver a joint presentation to the Commission during this hearing. Speakers will be Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of NWAC;  Sharon McIvor, FAFIA Human Rights Committee Member; and Shelagh Day, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of FAFIA.

This hearing can we streamed online at the IACHR website: http://original.livestream.com/oasenglish2
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) was founded in 1974 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. NWAC is widely recognized as the National voice of Indigenous women and girls in Canada, and was instrumental in bringing the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada to light. Visit us at nwac.ca or follow us at @NWAC_CA.

The Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) is an alliance of more than sixty Canadian women’s organizations founded following the Fourth World Conference on Women, Beijing 1995. FAFIA’s central goal is to ensure that Canadian governments respect, protect and fulfill the commitments to women that they have made under international human rights treaties and agreements. Visit us at fafia-afai.org or follow us at @FAFIAAFAI.

 

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“We know from our sisters on the ground in British Columbia, particularly on the Downtown Eastside, that a severe human rights crisis persists in this region resulting in the ongoing discrimination, violence and oppression of our women and girls. The IACHR’s report, released in December 2014, provided a robust framework and analysis toward the context in which Indigenous women and girls continue to go missing and be found murdered in British Columbia. With the national inquiry now underway, it is time for the federal and provincial governments to implement the recommendations found within this report. Violence against Indigenous women and girls must be stopped, and in order for this to happen we must heed recommendations from the international expert community.”
―Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

BACKGROUND:

The full IACHR report is available here: http://www.oas.org/en/iachr/reports/pdfs/indigenous-women-bc-canada-en.pdf

NWAC and FAFIA’s history of engagement with the IACHR is available here: http://fafia-afai.org/en/solidarity-campaign/

 

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: [email protected]

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   |   [email protected]

Native Women’s Association of Canada Marks Remembrance Day 2015

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Native Women’s Association of Canada Marks Remembrance Day 2015

 

(November 11, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) seeks to express our deepest gratitude for our indigenous brothers and sisters who gave of themselves the ultimate sacrifice, both voluntarily and involuntarily, throughout Canadian history. NWAC is also grateful to all those who continue to serve in our Canadian Armed Forces from coast to coast to coast.

This November 11th, NWAC will honour the lives of our brave indigenous women and men in uniform through the presentation of a commemorative wreath at the Canadian National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa.

President of NWAC, Dawn Lavell Harvard, Ph.D., expresses her sincere appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Canadian indigenous heroes who serve, and have served, in Canada’s military.

“I am grateful to all of our brave women and men in uniform – past and present,” says Lavell Harvard. “If it weren’t for their bravery, Canada would not be the Nation it has become today. Today, indigenous peoples stand with all Canadians, Nation-to-Nation, and looks to the future with optimism.”

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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Media contact: Jenn Jefferys
Communications Officer
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
+1 613-656-3016
[email protected]