Press Release

NWAC Demands Justice for Chelsea Poorman, Chantel Moore and to See Justice Served for All Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

May 16, 2022

OTTAWA – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is demanding justice for Chelsea Poorman and Chantel Moore.

Chelsea’s remains were discovered in April under a blanket in the backyard of a decaying mansion In Vancouver’s Shaughnessy neighbourhood. The Saskatchewan Indigenous woman had gone missing 592 days prior to the discovery. The Vancouver police department is treating her death as not suspicious.

NWAC stands by the calls by the family for a re-investigation.

Chantel Moore of Fredericton, New Brunswick, was shot by an New Brunswick police officer during a “wellness check” nearly two years ago. To date, there have been no satisfactory responses in this case. A coroner’s inquest - which had been delayed - is set to begin today. NWAC will be watching the inquest closely having repeatedly called for justice for Chantel Moore.

“NWAC demands that all cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people be treated with the urgency and care they deserve,” says Lynne Groulx, NWAC CEO.

“No one should have to fight for answers or wait for justice. Chelsea Poorman, Chantel Moore, - along with every other missing or murdered Indigenous woman whose cases have been ignored - deserve more than that.”


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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 political voices of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people in Canada. NWAC is inclusive of First Nations—on- and off-reserve, status, non-status, and disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on a collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people within their respective communities and Canadian 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.