October 31, 2012 (Winnipeg, MB) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to witness real and concentrated discussion on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
In Winnipeg, Manitoba on November 1-2, 2012 a series of meetings will bring the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls to a new and unprecedented level. The Manitoba government will play host to a Provincial-Territorial Ministers meeting with National Aboriginal Organizations (NAOs) on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. In addition a “shadow event” designed to bring forward the combined voices of regional and grassroots organizations, and families and communities to the discussion will take place; this event is hosted by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Southern Chiefs Organization.
“Let us listen to this dialogue in these next two days, so that we can be ready to move forward – this national tragedy is something we need to address at all levels, and across all jurisdictions. There is room for everyone, who wants to make a difference, to make a difference!” stated NWAC President Michele Audette in response to the upcoming meetings. NWAC Board members, staff and family members of lost loved ones will participate in both events.
The NWAC has been calling for a National Inquiry and a National Action Plan to address the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. The events planned over the next two days are expected to focus on the development of a National Framework to address these issues. “This is a time to hear and to listen; it is also a time to remember what has already been done by others over the years” said President Audette, “it is also important to look at past recommendations that have not yet been achieved and where there has been no measurable change then we know that this needs to be acted upon!”
For further information on these events, please visit the following websites:
Government of Manitoba
Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs
The NWAC petition calling for a National Inquiry can be found on the NWAC website: