NWAC Welcomes Ontario Government’s New Long-Term Strategy to Curb Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls
(February 24, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) ― Yesterday, the Government of Ontario announced a new long-term strategy and investment called Walking Together: Ontario’s Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women. The strategy outlines actions to prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls and to reduce its impact on youth, families and communities. Its ultimate goal is to work toward ending violence against Indigenous women and girls.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) welcomes this new strategy and the leadership of Premier Kathleen Wynne, and trusts that NWAC and our provincial affiliate; the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) will be regularly consulted through the course of this long-term strategy.
President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Dawn Lavell-Harvard, Ph.D., has issued the following statement in response to this new strategy from the Ontario government:
“Despite our strength and incredible resilience, Indigenous women and girls are subject to blatant systemic oppression and discrimination. To that end, NWAC is hopeful that with this new strategy on the part of the Ontario government ―in tandem with the ongoing national inquiry on the national level― we will begin to see a reduction in violence, fewer missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, less sexism and racism against us, and a more realistic public awareness around the strength and resilience of our women and girls; because we are not vulnerable victims. To the contrary: we are strong, and we deserve respect.”
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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