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Joint Statement: To be read nationwide on October 4th 2011 as part of Sisters In Spirit Vigils—A Movement for Social Change

Each year on October 4th communities across Canada come together to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. As we do so, we remember the lives of sisters, daughters, mothers and grandmothers tragically taken from us. Today, we offer our support and sympathy to their families and we join with them […]

by NationTalk on October 4, 2011840 Views

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NWAC Calls on the United Nations to Help Reverse Discriminatory Exclusion from the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry

Ottawa, ON (September 27, 2011) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has called on three United Nations Special Rapporteurs to make an urgent joint appeal to Canada because of the discriminatory denial of funding for representation by legal counsel at the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry in British Columbia. NWAC has asked for […]

by NationTalk on September 27, 2011960 Views

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NWAC Supports World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2011 and brings attention to the Call for Help issued by Pikangikum First Nation

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September, 2011) – On World Suicide Prevention Day, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) wishes to acknowledge the gift of life and the strength of community. We seek to remember and honour those who have been lost to suicide, their families, communities, and loved ones through […]

by NationTalk on September 9, 20111130 Views

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Native Women’s Association of Canada calls for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women and girls

Press Release – For Immediate Release Native Women’s Association of Canada calls for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women and girls Vancouver, BC (28 July 2011) – Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is calling for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women and […]

by NationTalk on July 29, 20111150 Views

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Coordinated Ongoing Action Needed to Resolve Issues

Press Release – For Immediate Release Coordinated ongoing action needed to resolve issues. Vancouver, BC (20 July 2011) – Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) met with the leaders of other National Aboriginal Organizations and members of the Council of the Federation in Vancouver today. President Corbiere Lavell was […]

by NationTalk on July 22, 20111266 Views

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) gives thanks to organizers and participants of the Solidarity march in support of missing and murdered Aboriginal women.

Press Release – For Immediate Release The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) gives thanks to organizers and participants of the Solidarity march in support of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Ottawa, ON (July 6, 2011) – On July 5, 2011 over a thousand women and men came together in a solidarity march to raise […]

by NationTalk on July 8, 20111068 Views

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International Call for Action on Issue of Missing/Murdered Women

—UN-affiliated Canadian women’s group signs declaration with NWAC, AMC, more supporters invited to sign on— WINNIPEG – The National Council of Women of Canada (NCWC) signed a declaration today with AMC First Nations Women’s Committee representative Chief Francine Meeches (Swan Lake First Nation) and Jeannette Corbiere Lavell of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). […]

by NationTalk on June 7, 20111155 Views

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NWAC Welcomes Applications for the 2011 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

Press Release—For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (June 3, 2011)—The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce that it will now be accepting applications for the 2011 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award. Prized at $1,000, the award will be granted to four young Aboriginal women across Canada from each of the four traditional […]

by NationTalk on June 6, 20111382 Views

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Denial of Funding excludes Native Women’s Association of Canada from Missing Women Commission of Inquiry

Press Release – For Immediate Release Vancouver, BC (May 25, 2011) The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) deplores the decision of the Attorney General of British Columbia to deny funding for legal counsel representing participants in the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry. This puts the entire inquiry in jeopardy. NWAC has been granted standing […]

by NationTalk on May 30, 20111423 Views

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Native Women’s Association of Canada Questions the Name Change to the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Ottawa, ON (May 20, 2011) On behalf of Canada’s national organization which represents native women across Canada, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is questioning the use of the term “Aboriginal Affairs” to newly describe the Department of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, announced recently by the Government of CanadaWhile the Native Women’s Association […]

by NationTalk on May 24, 20111226 Views

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Mother Earth Water Walk 2011

NWAC’s National President Jeanette Corbiere-Lavell would like to encourage people of all Nations to attend an event in Ottawa on Victoria Island Friday May 20th from noon to 2 pm and support the Grandmothers who are walking across Turtle Island (North America) to raise awareness about the global water crisis. Press Release – For Immediate […]

by NationTalk on May 18, 20111457 Views

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Three Year Evidence to Action Project Underway

The Enduring Inspiration of “Sisters in Spirit” May 16, 2011 (Ottawa) Evidence to Action is a three-year project of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) funded through April 30, 2014 by a $1.8 million contribution agreement with Status of Women Canada. The project builds on the previous ground-breaking work that was completed during the […]

by NationTalk on May 16, 2011993 Views

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Evidence to Action II

Press Release – For Immediate Release Request for Proposal: Formative Evaluation Project Title: Evidence of Success: Formative Evaluation of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Evidence to Action II initiative Dates: RFP Issue Date: May 6 2011 Activity to be evaluated: June 2011 to 30 April 2012 Entire scope of contract activity: June 2011 to […]

by NationTalk on May 9, 20111182 Views

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Exploratory Process on Indian Registration Band Membership and Citizenship

March 28, 2011 During the 2009 engagement on the Government’s plan to implement the McIvor decision, First Nations and other Aboriginal groups identified a number of issues on Indian registration, Band membership and First Nations citizenship that went beyond the scope of the decision and the legislative amendments recently passed under Bill C-3. At that […]

by NationTalk on April 12, 20111425 Views

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Dr. Olive Dickason Memoriam

March 15, 2011 It is with sincere regret and sadness that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) expresses its condolences to the family and friends of Dr. Olive Dickason. Dr. Dickason was known to NWAC, and to many others, as an accomplished Métis historian, journalist, teacher and author. Dr. Dickason was born in Winnipeg, […]

by NationTalk on March 16, 20111683 Views

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Evidence to Action II addresses violence against Aboriginal women and girls

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (28 February 2011) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to enter into a funding agreement with Status of Women Canada’s Women’s Community Fund for the project Evidence to Action II. This project will enable NWAC to take action aimed at reducing the disproportionate […]

by NationTalk on February 28, 20111242 Views

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NWAC urges Canadians to support the 20th Annual Women’s Memorial March

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (February 11th, 2011) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) urges all Canadians to support the 20th Annual Women’s Memorial March. The March has its roots in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, as the first one was held in 1991 in commemoration of a woman who […]

by NationTalk on February 11, 20111264 Views

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Bill C-3: Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act

Tuesday February 01, 2011 On December 15, 2010 Bill C-3: Gender Equity and the Indian Registration Act received Royal Assent. The Governor in Council has announced that effective January 31, 2011, the Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act came into force. This bill amends provisions of the Indian Act that the Court of Appeal for […]

by NationTalk on February 1, 20113587 Views

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Values and Ethics in the Aboriginal Workplace

Enhanced Professional Experience. Leadership Development. Resume Building. The Native Women’s Association of Canada in partnership with the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada is offering sponsorship for two (2) capacity development workshops to be held in Ottawa: “Values and Ethics in the Aboriginal Workplace” Aboriginal Youth February 23 & 24, 2011 Aboriginal Women March 7 […]

by NationTalk on January 21, 20111772 Views

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Empowering Aboriginal youth as leaders – strengthening our voices and roles

Press Release – For Immediate Release NWAC welcomes Aboriginal youth to join the NWAC National Youth Volunteer Circle Ottawa ON (December 17, 2010) – In conjunction with the United Nation’s global launch of the‘International Year of the Youth’, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce the official launch of the National […]

by NationTalk on December 17, 20102663 Views

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Bill C-3 – Gender Equity in Indian Registration Act

Press Release – For Immediate Release The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has given careful consideration to the legislation that is being put forward by the Government of Canada, and we are supportive of the Government’s efforts to address some of the gender discrimination that has been existent within the Indian Act for generations. […]

by NationTalk on December 7, 20101999 Views

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NWAC honours women and girls on December 6th: the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (December 3, 2010) – NWAC commemorates and recognizes December 6th as the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women.Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day also marks the 21st anniversary of the murders of 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de […]

by NationTalk on December 6, 20101073 Views

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International Human Rights Day

Join us for an afternoon of stimulating discussion on the rights of Indigenous women When: Friday, December 10, 2010 from 2 to 4 p.m. Where: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 100 Laurier Street, Gatineau, Quebec Who: Our esteemed panellists will include Todd Russell, Member of Parliament, Kate Rexe, Director of Sisters In Spirit (Native Women’s Association […]

by NationTalk on December 1, 20101088 Views

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Letter of Sympathy for the family and friends of Patricia Monture

The Native Women’s Association of Canada is profoundly saddened by the passing of Patricia (Trish) Monture, who died on November 17, 2010 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Trish will be remembered in our hearts as a dedicated and passionate Haudenosaunee activist, mother, writer, educator and mentor. She was an inspiration to many young people, faculty members, lawyers, […]

by NationTalk on November 23, 20101708 Views

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NWAC President welcomes the Government of Canada’s statement of support on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Press Release – For Immediate Release OTTAWA, ON: Native Women’s Association of Canada President Jeannette Corbiere- Lavell stated that Canada’s endorsement of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a positive step in acknowledging and recognizing Aboriginal rights. Indigenous Peoples, and Indigenous women in particular, are among the most disadvantaged and […]

by NationTalk on November 17, 20101027 Views

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Sisters In Spirit Supporters

To Sisters In Spirit Supporters It’s not over yet. The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) Sisters In Spirit initiative 2005-2010 was denied the renewal of its special project status and are now parceled under one portfolio under Status of Women Canada. This change has negatively affected the activities that NWAC can undertake and will […]

by NationTalk on November 16, 20101226 Views

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A letter to families from Sisters In Spirit

Dear Families… We hope this letter finds you in a good way. There has been a lot of talk recently about Sisters In Spirit funding. As you know, Sisters in Spirit draws its roots from the community, from your strong voices. Government funding will always have its ups and downs, but this is the natural […]

by NationTalk on November 8, 20101620 Views

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NWAC supports new funding for missing and murdered Aboriginal women

Press Release – For Immediate Release NWAC supports new funding for missing and murdered Aboriginal women Ottawa, ON (October 29, 2010) – Today has marked the much anticipated announcement of $10 million in federal funding dedicated to addressing missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. Minister of State (Status of Women), Rona Ambrose, was joined […]

by NationTalk on October 29, 20101390 Views

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NWAC honoured by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation for the Sisters In Spirit Initiative

PRESS RELEASE – For immediate release 29 October 2010 NWAC honoured by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation for the Sisters In Spirit Initiative Fredericton, NB (October 29, 2010) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is honoured by the Muriel McQueen Fergusson Foundation for the research, education and policy work of the Sisters In […]

by NationTalk on October 29, 20101037 Views

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5th Annual Ottawa Sisters In Spirit Vigil 2010

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (October 4, 2010) The Native Women’s Association of Canada will hold the 5th Annual Sisters In Spirit Vigil to honour missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls and their families. The vigil will be held in Ottawa today on Parliament Hill with a rally beginning at 12 p.m. All those […]

by NationTalk on October 4, 20101273 Views

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NWAC questions if landmark ruling will increase safety in prostitution

Press Release–For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September 30, 2010) — The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) wishes to express concern over the landmark ruling by Superior Court justice Susan Himel to strike down three aspects of the criminalization of prostitution: living off of the avails of prostitution, keeping a common bawdy-house and communicating in […]

by NationTalk on September 30, 20101362 Views

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MEDIA ADVISORY: 5th Annual Ottawa Sisters In Spirit Vigil 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 28, 2010) The Native Women’s Association of Canada will be holding the 5th Annual Sisters In Spirit Vigil in Ottawa on October 4th, 2010 on Parliament Hill, with a rally beginning at 12 p.m. All those who are in attendance are welcome to attend a community feast beginning at 1:30 p.m. […]

by NationTalk on September 28, 20101300 Views

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada Encourages Canadians to host Sisters In Spirit Vigils to Honour Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

Press Release — For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September 28, 2010) — Aboriginal women and girls are facing the most pervasive human rights crisis in Canada today. In effort to address the issue, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is encouraging Canadians to take action by hosting or taking part in a Sisters In […]

by NationTalk on September 28, 20101200 Views

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NWAC congratulates the winners of the 2010

Press Release–For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September 27, 2010)– The Native Women’s Association of Canada is proud to announce the winners of the 2010 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award. The Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award is a youth driven initiative that assists young Aboriginal women on an annual basis who are enrolled in post-secondary education. […]

by NationTalk on September 27, 20101054 Views

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Ontario Native Women’s Association 2010 Sisters In Spirit Vigil

Monday September 27, 2010 WHO: The Ontario Native Women’s Association WHAT: The Sisters in Spirit Vigil, one of many to be held across Canada WHEN: Monday October 4, 2010 12:00 pm WHERE: Paterson Park, corner of May and Miles Streets WHY: To bring awareness to the alarming number of Aboriginal women across our country who […]

by NationTalk on September 27, 20101033 Views

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Joint Statement For Supporters of the 5th Annual Sisters In Spirit October 4th Vigil

Wednesday September 22, 2010 To be read nationwide on October 4th 2010 as part of the movement of Sisters In Spirit vigils. Aboriginal women and girls are facing the most pervasive human rights crisis in Canada today. The profound impact of violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada has created a national tragedy. […]

by NationTalk on September 22, 20101024 Views

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Bringing Home Our Sisters: The Papin Sisters are Taking their Sister Home

MEDIA ADVISORY The Native Women’s Association of Canada has been asked on behalf of the Papin family to share the following information: Please join together to honour and celebrate the life of Georgina Papin with her daughter and sisters, as they reunite their family for the journey home to Hobbema Reserve, Alberta. The tragic disconnect […]

by NationTalk on September 19, 20101098 Views

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Victim Services Critical to Helping Families of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Press Release—For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September 10, 2010)– On September 16, the Board of Directors of Greater Victoria Police Victim Services will hold their 27th Annual General Meeting and have asked the Native Women’s Association of Canada to share the 2010 findings on the rate of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in […]

by NationTalk on September 10, 20101009 Views

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NWAC Supports World Suicide Prevention Day September 10, 2010

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September, 9 2010) – On World Suicide Prevention Day, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) wishes to acknowledge the gift of life and the strength of community. We seek to remember and honour those who have been lost to suicide, their families and communities, through ongoing […]

by NationTalk on September 9, 20101034 Views

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Take Action: Host a Sisters In Spirit Vigil On October 4th

Press Release — For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (September 7, 2010) — Aboriginal women and girls are facing the most pervasive human rights crisis in Canada today. In effort to address the issue, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is encouraging Canadians to take action by hosting a Sisters In Spirit Vigil on October […]

by NationTalk on September 7, 20101237 Views

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Walk and Candlelight Vigil for Maisy and Shannon

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (September 3rd, 2010) The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has been asked to share the following information: A Walk and Candlelight vigil will be held for Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander in Kitigan Zibi, QC on Monday, September 6th 2010. Maisy Odjick and Shannon Alexander are two beautiful and vibrant young […]

by NationTalk on September 3, 20101196 Views

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NWAC offers warm welcome to new Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development Canada (INAC)

Press Release — For Immediate Release Ottawa ON (August 10, 2010)– The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) would like to extend a warm welcome to John Duncan, the newly appointed Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development (INAC) and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians. John Duncan, a Conservative MP for B.C. will […]

by NationTalk on August 10, 20101142 Views

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada Releases Action Plan for Aboriginal Women

Press Release—for Immediate Release Ottawa ON (August 3, 2010) –The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will attend the meeting of the Council of the Federation this week, in Winnipeg MB, alongside Canada’s 13 provincial and territorial Premiers. The Premiers and leaders of National Aboriginal organizations will meet in the northern Manitoba town of Churchill, […]

by NationTalk on August 3, 20102238 Views

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PSAC and Crowder Petition Letter

July 28th, 2010 Dear friends, The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has just recently learned of and would like extend our appreciation for the support by NDP MP Irene Mathyssen and the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) in their creation of a petition to ensure that the Federal Government take steps to renew […]

by NationTalk on July 28, 20101149 Views

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NWAC hopes murder charges will bring peace to Manitoba family

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (July 19, 2010) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased with the announcement by the Manitoba RCMP that charges have been laid in the 2004 murder of “Divas” Joseph Bélanger. Ms. Bélanger was a transgendered person last seen in the early hours of October […]

by NationTalk on July 19, 20101550 Views

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NWAC welcomes applications for the 2010 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award prized at $1,000

Press Release—For Immediate Release Ottawa ON (July 15, 2010) –The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce it will now be accepting applications for the 2010 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award. Prized at $1,000 the award will be granted to four young Aboriginal women in Canada who are pursuing their post secondary […]

by NationTalk on July 15, 20101768 Views

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Missing Sisters Awareness Walk 2010

Press Release—For Immediate Release Saskatoon, (SK) July 12, 2010 — The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will join the Muskego family for the Awareness walk on Monday July 12, 2010 at 2 p.m. at the Diefenbaker Centre at the University of Saksatchewan. The leadership of NWAC applauds the Muskego family for their strength, courage, […]

by NationTalk on July 12, 20101459 Views

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Media Advisory: Daleen Muskego Memorial Awareness Run

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (July 9, 2010) NWAC has been asked by the Muskego family to share the following information: An Awareness Walk/Memorial Run will be held in Saskatoon from July 13-16 by the Muskego family in dedication to the memory of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada. Daleen Bosse (Muskego) is one such […]

by NationTalk on July 9, 20101112 Views

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NWAC announces a new National Aboriginal Skills and Training Strategic Investment fund (ASTSIF) Project Called “Building the Spirit”

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (June 15, 2010) The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce it will provide direct and immediate opportunities for leadership development and attainment for Aboriginal women and youth in literacy and essential skills via strategic partnerships. This will be done through the national Aboriginal […]

by NationTalk on June 15, 20101421 Views

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NWAC Champions the Safety and Wellbeing of Elders, Grandmothers, and Grandfathers on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) June 15, 2010

Press Release – For Immediate Release Ottawa, ON (June 15, 2010) – On World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) wishes to acknowledge the gift of our Elders, grandmothers and grandfathers, and encourages all Aboriginal communities to raise awareness and commit to action to ensure the safety, health, and […]

by NationTalk on June 15, 20101223 Views

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