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NWAC President says findings of Correctional Investigator are signs of a failed system and every elected official in Ottawa should be held accountable


November 2, 2022

OTTAWA – A statement from Carol McBride, the President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), on the findings contained in the Annual Report of the Correctional Investigator of Canada:

“The Correctional Investigator of Canada issued a report yesterday that confirmed the number of incarcerated Indigenous women had reached 50% this year. Even more shocking is the fact that of the women who were classified as maximum-security prisoners, almost 65% of them are Indigenous.

Every time we receive reports of the discriminatory and unjust treatment of Indigenous prisoners in Canada, hope rekindles that it will be the “wake-up call” leading to change.

But, after decades and decades of wake-up calls through damning reports like the one issued by the Correctional Investigator of Canada, we have run out of optimism.

At the Native Women’s Association of Canada, we have come to understand that the federal government is blatantly ignoring the suffering of the thousands of Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, transgendered, and gender-diverse people who are behind bars in this country.

The half-empty healing lodges, the stalled construction of healing lodges that had been promised, the failure to appoint a commissioner of Indigenous corrections – these are all signs of failure on the part of successive governments to meet a basic standard of human rights.

This is shameful neglect, and every elected official in Ottawa should be held to account.”


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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.