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NWAC Voices Support For Indigenous Activist's Liver Transplant


December 19, 2017

The Native Women’s Association of Canada has voiced support to have Indigenous Activist Delilah Saunders immediately placed on the waiting list for a liver transplant.

President Francyne Joe stated “We are gravely concerned for the health and wellness of Ms. Saunders and time is of the essence. Although, we recognize the protocols that must be considered when considering a liver transplant, it is our position that the discriminatory policy that exists in determining recipients is outside of the guidelines of Canada’s international human rights policy.”

Delilah Saunders is recognized internationally for her advocacy of Indigenous women’s rights. The Native Women’s Association of Canada adds our voice along others such as Amnesty International and Indigenous people throughout Canada to place her name on the liver transplant waiting list.

President Joe added, “She has placed the concerns of Indigenous women as a priority in her daily life and consequently, her own life has suffered.”

NWAC joins the campaign of voices to have Delilah Saunders immediately added to the liver transplant waiting list and calls for an end to the discriminatory policy that is keeping her off the list. The end of this oppressive policy would allow all people with previous addictions access to life saving treatment.



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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, transgender, Two-Spirit, 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.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.