September 25, 2012 (Ottawa ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) extends condolences to the family of Colleen MacMillen. The RCMP announced today that they have identified the perpetrator responsible for the murder of Ms. MacMillen in 1974.
Michéle Audette, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada said, “We know that this is a sad and difficult time for her family. We hope that having this new information brings closure to her family and helps them to move forward on their healing journey.” NWAC also wishes to acknowledge the grief and loss of those families in British Columbia and across Canada who are still waiting for a resolution of their loved one’s disappearance or murder.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada has documented the disappearance or murder of 582 Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. New cases continue to be tracked by the organization. This October 4th marks the 7th annual Sisters In Spirit Vigil, where people gather to remember and honour those lost to violence and to offer support to their families. To register a Vigil, or to find the location of one near you, please visit www.nwac.ca/programs/2012-vigil-locations.