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November 25, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – Today, on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) continues to call for an end to all racialized and gender-based violence against Indigenous women.
Now in its 18th year since being formally designated by the United Nations General Assembly, the day aims to raise public awareness and mobilize activists on the issue of violence against women, and leads into the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. This year’s theme, “Leave No One Behind”, is a call to ensure the most marginalized women are included in commitments to end gender-based violence.
Indigenous women in Canada are disproportionately represented among victims of violence, and in 2016, the homicide rate for Indigenous females was five times that of non-Aboriginal females. This disturbing reality is rooted in Canada’s legacy of racism and colonialism, and is currently under investigation by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Established in 1974, NWAC advocates tirelessly to eliminate violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada through legislative reform, policy development, and impacting government priorities. NWAC’s Violence Prevention and Safety Unit develops and delivers a range of programs and resources designed for survivors, families, and communities, including Project PEACE, Sisters In Spirit, and You Are Not Alone.
NWAC will continue its efforts to raise awareness about violence against Indigenous women and girls, MMIWG2S, human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and incarcerated Indigenous women. To learn more and to access resources, please visit nwac.ca.
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About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.