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NWAC President says reconciliation has been a long time in coming and now is the time for action


September 29, 2022

OTTAWA – A statement from Carol McBride, President of the Native Women’s Association (NWAC), to mark the second annual National Day for Truth and Reconciliation:

“It has been nearly 500 years since Europeans arrived on the shores of Turtle Island, declared these lands to be uninhabited, and started the process of colonization. For nearly 500 years, settlers have attempted to subjugate and assimilate the First Peoples of these lands.

Now, after acknowledging the harms that have been done to us, and to our children, over a century and a half of residential schools, there are calls for reconciliation. After finding more than a thousand tiny bodies in unmarked graves, Canadians are beginning to understand the depth of our grief and anguish. The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation has been declared.

This awakening to the unjust treatment of the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit has been hundreds of years in coming. We want this thing called reconciliation. It will not be achieved with words, but with action. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has lit the path with its 94 Calls to Action. Let us not wait another week, another day, another minute, to walk that path of reconciliation together.”


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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.