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February 13, 2018
OTTAWA, ON - The Native Women’s Association of Canada adds their voice calling for real change to the Canadian justice system. NWAC has been struggling to find the words to make a statement. Most importantly, our thoughts are with the Boushie family, the Red Pheasant Nation and the people of Saskatchewan during this difficult time.
Justice was not served by this verdict and Colten Boushie is being victimized for a second time. NWAC President, Francyne Joe said, “As a mother I can’t begin to comprehend how this family must feel. Consistently, Indigenous victims of violence are blamed for their victimization – the victims are put on trial. It happened to Tina Fontaine and now to Colten Boushie. It must stop.”
Upon learning of the verdict, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the justice system “…must do better.” Colten Boushie will not have a chance to speak. This tragedy cannot be separated from the racism Indigenous people face every day. The injustice is historic and the systemic racism continues to regulate Indigenous people as second-class citizens. Very little progress has been made to right the wrongs of the past and the injustice in the system continues.
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis continues and horrific acts of violence continue. Indigenous youth are being denied full and productive lives and fear in our communities is rooted in daily life. As mothers, we are asking, “Will our child be next?” As grand mothers, we are asking, “Will my family be next?” As women, we are asking, “Will I be next?”
NWAC continues to stand with all Indigenous peoples, united and fighting for real change and real justice. NWAC calls on the Federal Government and the Canadian justice system to be better and ‘do better’ for the Indigenous people of many Nations on this land.
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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.