NWAC Stands with Downtown Eastside Today During 26th Annual Women’s Memorial March

NWAC Stands with Downtown Eastside Today During 26th Annual Women’s Memorial March


(February 14, 2016) (Ottawa, ON/Vancouver, BC)
― Today, for the 26th consecutive year, the Annual Women’s Memorial March for missing and murdered Indigenous women took place on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This march is held to honour the memory of all those who have died due to physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence in the region.

The Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, British Columbia has seen some of the most horrific violence against Indigenous women and girls in the country. As a result of police inaction, racism, sexism, poverty and socio-economic structures which continue to disproportionately disadvantage Indigenous women and girls, the Downtown Eastside has seen more than 100 Indigenous women murdered. This is unacceptable.

Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, says: “Twenty-six years ago, rather than succumbing to grief, grassroots feminist activists boldly took to the streets to honour these stolen sisters from the Downtown Eastside. Today, we will continue to march on in a way that only Indigenous women can. NWAC is proud to stand with you. Thank you for your unwavering grace and strength amid this sorrow. My heart is with you.”

Nikki Fraser, Western Youth Representative for the Native Women’s Association of Canada, says: “Today, both here in BC and across Canada, we must look to our Elders and our traditions, and refocus our efforts to end violence against our sisters. We must ensure that our daughters do not have to witness these tragedies reoccur.”

NWAC will continue to put pressure on the federal government to ensure the forthcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women provides healing and justice to every region of this country where families are touched by these tragedies – the Downtown Eastside included.

NWAC’s thoughts and prayers are with the families (both within and beyond bloodlines) yearning for peace and reconciliation amid these tragedies. We hope that your hearts might know peace today. Together – we will achieve justice.

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 Nations, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Indigenous women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Indigenous women in Canada.

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For more information or for media inquiries:

Jenn Jefferys
Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
+1 613-485-1988 (cell)
[email protected]

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CUPE ‘Rock for Public Services’ draws more than 7,000 attendees, raises over $12K for NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit project

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CUPE Rock for Public Services draws more than 7,000 attendees, raises over $12K for NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit project

 

 
(November 17, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is thrilled to announce that CUPE’s ‘Rock for Public Services’ benefit concert on Saturday, November 14 was a roaring success. More than 7,000 people joined NWAC at TD Place stadium for an excellent performance featuring Amanda Rheaume, Matt Mays and Sam Roberts Band in support of our Sisters in Spirit initiative.

‘Rock for Public Services’ is a presentation of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 503 and CUPE Ontario, serving as a fundraiser while also celebrating the efforts of municipal workers and health care workers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

NWAC wishes to extend special thanks to the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (part of a comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy), who took time out of his busy schedule to join us for this event. Likewise, NWAC wishes to extend Chi-Miigwetch to Elder Irene Lindsay for joining us and for providing the opening prayer.

NWAC also wishes to thank CUPE Local 503 President Brian Madden and Wil Kelly, Health and Safety Coordinator for Local 503, for their incredibly hard work and generous support.

A grand total of $12, 246.72 was collected on Saturday from the many generous donors in attendance –including a $5,000.00 donation from Jewitt McLuckie & Associates of Ottawa.

Claudette Dumont-Smith, Executive Director of NWAC, says she is overjoyed by the outpouring of love and respect shown to Aboriginal women throughout this event. “I am so humbled by the compassion shown to our cause and our people this evening,” she said. “I look forward to keeping this important conversation going. This was a true example of reconciliation.”

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.

 

 

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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   |   [email protected]