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NWAC President Lorraine Whitman Encourages Peaceful Resolution to Protests

Ottawa, ON, February 25, 2020 – The President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), Lorraine Whitman, today encouraged all sides to come together for a peaceful resolution to the ongoing protests against the proposed pipeline and First Nations lands:

Standing up for your land and title is of utmost importance to Indigenous Peoples in Canada. History has demonstrated over and over that reconciliation cannot be achieved through force, arrests, and violence. Short-term solutions to the protests such as forcibly removing protesters from their land, tearing down peaceful exhibits of iconic red dresses that signify violence against Indigenous women, or making arbitrary arrests does not work. What is needed is to address the long-standing problems that exist between the Crown and Indigenous Peoples.

We need to provide long-term resolution through meaningful and peaceful dialogue. Action must be taken towards dismantling the colonial and paternalistic systems that have led us to this place.

And we are not starting from scratch. We have had the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls deliver strong recommendations that must be implemented in order to address many of these long-standing issues. Reconciliation is not dead, as some have tried to claim. We can only resolve these long-standing, unresolved issues through partnership, communication and respect.

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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, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.

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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.