Native Women's Association of Canada's Sisters in Spirit initiative to be funded by Federal Government

Monday, July 26 2010
OTTAWA, May 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) will receive five million dollars over the next five years for its Sisters in Spirit initiative, which will address the racialized and sexualized violence against Aboriginal women across Canada. NWAC's Sisters in Spirit Campaign was launched on March 22, 2004. It estimated at that time that there are more than 500 missing and murdered Aboriginal women across Canada.   Amnesty International's report, Stolen Sisters: Discrimination and violence against Indigenous women in Canada reinforced the need for a national initiative to address brutal, racialized, sexualized violence against Aboriginal women in Canada.   Beverley Jacobs, President of NWAC applauded the announcement, by stating, "NWAC, through the support of many families and friends of the missing and murdered Aboriginal women, has worked hard, nationally and internationally, to ensure that the issues of violence against Aboriginal women be taken seriously. In response, the Federal government has taken serious action. We applaud the leadership shown by the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Andy Scott and the Minister of Canadian Heritage (Status of Women Canada), Liza Frulla. The Aboriginal community will benefit from the results of this initiative by ensuring the safety and well-being of our Aboriginal women and girls."   The next steps for the Sisters in Spirits initiative are to invest in research, public education and policy direction and development. The ultimate goals are to make all Aboriginal women's lives safe and secure in this country and to inform and empower First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and their families towards healthy and stable communities. NWAC acknowledges and gives thanks to all of those Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal individuals and organizations that has supported this very crucial and important initiative.

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