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.
“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.
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)