Native Women's Association of Canada Funded for Sisters in Spirit Campaign

Monday, July 26 2010

OTTAWA, November 17, 2005 - Today the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) received its long awaited arrival of funds for the Sisters in Spirit Campaign.

The NWAC launched the national Sisters in Spirit Campaign in March 2004 to raise awareness of the alarmingly high rates of violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.

It is estimated that there are 500 Aboriginal women who are missing and/or have been murdered in this country. Beverley Jacobs, President of the NWAC states, "we see this as a defining moment which marks an important step forward for Aboriginal women in Canada. At the same time we recognize that much more systemic solutions must be sought."

Ms Jacobs is pleased that the Campaign will allow NWAC to begin to find these solutions aimed at reducing racialized, sexualized violence facing Aboriginal women. Resolving this issue will improve the human rights record of Canada, which has fallen short in protecting one of the most vulnerable groups in Canadian society, Aboriginal women and their families. President Jacobs will be urging all governments to make violence against Aboriginal women a high priority, including the underlying socio-economic conditions that make Aboriginal women vulnerable to violence. NWAC will be advocating for policy and legislative reforms in the areas of health, education, economic opportunities, housing and self-determination at the upcoming Aboriginal-First Ministers Meeting.

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