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NWAC President Offers Condolences to those Affected by Nova Scotia Shooting

Ottawa, ON, April 20, 2020 – The President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), Lorraine Whitman, today issued the following statement on the shootings in Portapique, Nova Scotia:

“I was incredibly saddened to learn of the senseless violence that took place in Portapique and neighbouring communities yesterday. As a proud member of Glooscap First Nation and having lived in Nova Scotia all of my life, this tragedy truly hits home.

“My heart goes out to those who have lost loved ones due to this senseless act of violence. In times like these, we must support one another.

“The bravery of the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is always on display, but today we thank them for their dedication to our community, especially Constable Heidi Stevenson, a 23-year veteran of the Force whom we lost during the violence.

“Nova Scotians are resilient, and together, we will get through this.”

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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.