THUNDER BAY – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) continues to call for a National Public Inquiry and a National Framework of Action to address the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. NWAC is hopeful that the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls is finally getting the attention it deserves. “There has been good, strong and solid dialogue at both events on the need for a National Framework of Action and a National Public Inquiry to address this issue,” said NWAC President Michèle Audette.
“We are hopeful that all Governments will follow Saskatchewan’s lead in supporting the call for a National Public Inquiry.”
The Manitoba government hosted a two-day meeting between Provincial and Territorial Ministers and National Aboriginal Organizations (NAOs) to address the national tragedy of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.
At the same time, a shadow event, hosted by the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak and Southern Chiefs Organization, was held that allowed regional and grassroots organizations and families an opportunity to voice their concerns on this matter. NWAC delegates included Board representatives, staff and family members, who have lost loved ones to violence, to participate at both events.
President Audette cautions, “Today, we bear witness to the call for a National Framework of Action and a National Public Inquiry and the commitment made by Provincial and Territorial representatives to raise this issue with their respective governments. But, before we take those next steps, know that this will only succeed if Aboriginal women are engaged and included in all stages, from the design, to decision-making, to process planning and implementation.”
Nova Scotia committed to host the 2014 Summit. NWAC envisions that the next event will include the full participation of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women as well as the Federal government. And, that all issues brought forward at the former NAWS events will be explored to see how they have been implemented.