Press Release

NWAC: On This Day of Remembrance Let’s Remember This: Indigenous Women Are not Expendable


December 6, 2022

On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we are thinking about all of the mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunties whose lives have been cut short.

We are thinking about four First Nations women in Winnipeg who died last spring at the hands of a killer.

We are thinking about Savanna Pikuyak, an Inuit student who was stabbed to death in Ottawa in September. We are thinking about Noelle O'Soup, and Kwemcxenalqs Manuel-Gottfriedson, who were killed this year Vancouver. We are thinking about Donna Charlie, whose remains were finally found in Prince George, B.C. in November, 30 years after her life was taken from her.

And we are thinking about too many others.

Women everywhere in Canada must be vigilant about their safety. First Nations, Inuit and Métis women must guard against becoming part of the ongoing genocide.

We mourn our lost sisters. We embrace the friends and family members left behind. And we demand that governments and others in authority start taking concrete action to end these killings.

Women, including Indigenous women, are not expendable.

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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.