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Resiliency Lodge Policy and Research

Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) demands an end to all forms of violence and ongoing genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals, and calls for respecting their human and Indigenous rights by implementing the 231 Calls for Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

Our goals are to:

  • NWAC is committed to develop concrete actions to end the cycle of violence that affects Indigenous communities – particularly violence, which may lead to the disappearance or death of Indigenous women, girls, or gender diverse people.
  • NWAC will not wait any longer to address the ongoing genocide against Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. The action from the federal government, or lack thereof, has been extremely disappointing thus far. NWAC is taking matters into its own hands and has established its own Action Plan with concrete and actionable steps toward violence prevention.
  • NWAC advocates on behalf of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people to provide families and communities with adequate long-term funding for healing and support services which can ultimately foster strengthen and build resilience.

Summary:

Rooted in Canada’s history of colonization, Indigenous women in Canada face higher rates of violence than non-Indigenous women. Once held in high regard as leaders and givers of life, Indigenous women are now devalued because of their race and gender. This has led to disproportionately higher rates of experienced violence, spousal assault, family violence, and sexual assault toward Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.

NWAC is the leading voice against the ongoing genocide of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. NWAC first started lobbying the Federal Government in 2002 to address the systemic violence against Indigenous women and girls. Our Sisters in Spirit project created the first and only databases of MMIWG in Canada, listing 582 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. NWAC recently established Safe Passage, which offers a holistic national database, dedicated research, and educational tools. NWAC continues to support and advocate on behalf of Indigenous women and families who have lost loved ones. However, the list of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls continues to grow.