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First national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls being held in Ottawa

Over 20 years only a few of the over 700 recommendations from 58 reports have ever been put into action. Ottawa (27 Feb 2015) – The first national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is being held in Ottawa on February 26—27, 2015. The first day is a closed meeting for families of the missing […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 2015577 Views

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National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered – Indigenous Women and Girls: Commitment Needed by All, No Exception!

WENDAKE, QC, Feb. 26, 2015 – The Chief of the AFNQL, Ghislain Picard, will participate tomorrow in the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, being held in Ottawa. Chief Picard joins the President of the Quebec Native Women Association, Ms. Viviane Michel, and the Minister responsible for Quebec Native Affairs, Mr. […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 2015774 Views

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Hundreds of recommendations go unimplemented: Legal Strategy Coalition demands greater government commitment and accountability to ending violence against Indigenous women and girls

26 February 2015 An alarming study released today shows that governments in Canada have repeatedly ignored expert recommendations to stop violence against Indigenous women and girls. Researchers with the Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women reviewed 58 reports dealing with aspects of violence and discrimination against Indigenous women and girls, including government studies, […]

by ahnationtalk on February 26, 2015528 Views

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Addressing and preventing violence against aboriginal women and girls the focus of upcoming National Roundtable

Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat 25 February 2015 FREDERICTON (GNB) – Government Services Minister Ed Doherty, who is also minister responsible for Aboriginal Affairs, is leading a delegation of New Brunswick officials to Ottawa for a National Roundtable on Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls on Feb. 27. “This will be a venue to stimulate discussion and […]

by aanationtalk on February 25, 2015462 Views

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National Roundtable on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

This National Roundtable discussion is aimed at coordinating action to address and prevent violence against Indigenous women and girls.  It is the first of its kind. Indigenous women and girls are five times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Indigenous women, and the RCMP currently estimates almost 1200 cases of missing and murdered […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 2015487 Views

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Government of Canada Provides Funding to Explore the Development of a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre in Nunavut

February 23, 2015 – Iqaluit, Nunavut – Department of Justice Canada Today, Environment Minister and M.P. for Nunavut Leona Aglukkaq, on behalf of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, announced $225,000 in funding for the Arctic Children and Youth Foundation to explore the development of a Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC), the Umingmak Child and Youth […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 2015466 Views

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Meadow Lake Tribal Chief and Chief of the Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation Respond to Fire Protection Concerns

MEADOW LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN–Feb. 20, 2015) – Tribal Chief Eric Sylvestre Meadow Lake Tribal Council expressed condolences to the family of the young children who died as a result of a house fire on Makwa Sahgaiehcan First Nation February 17. “It is time now to let the community grieve and support the family and further, I […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 2015879 Views

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National Roundtable on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Eliminating Violence in the Lives of Indigenous Women and Girls Would you like to be part of the solution? The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations is participating in a National Roundtable in Ottawa on February 27, 2015. The FSIN is gathering as many voices as possible for the submission to the Roundtable as well as […]

by ahnationtalk on February 23, 2015575 Views

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Activists gather across Canada in honour of missing and murdered women

Toronto – February 19, 2015 – UFCW Canada activists joined other community members across the country, to take part in the February 14th Annual Memorial Marches in honour of more than 1,200 missing and murdered women Aboriginal women in Canada. Thousands of participants assembled across Canada, standing in solidarity to demand a national inquiry into […]

by ahnationtalk on February 19, 2015492 Views

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MMIW: Victims and families deserve more than an accused abuser as an advocate

We live in a world where 1,200 of our Indigenous daughters, mothers, sisters, aunties and friends have gone missing or been murdered since 1980.  A world where our justice, health and social service systems are failing these women and girls every single day. Our missing and murdered women deserve more, and we need to continue […]

by ahnationtalk on February 18, 2015601 Views

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NAN Launches Draw-the-Line Campaign to Prevent Violence Against Women

February 13, 2015 THUNDER BAY: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and NAN Women’s Council spokesperson Jackie Fletcher joined with First Nation leaders from across NAN today to launch an education campaign to help recognize and prevent sexual violence. “Sexual violence, especially acts against women, is far too common and has devastating […]

by aanationtalk on February 17, 2015614 Views

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Minister MacKay announces an additional $11.1 million in funding for the Aboriginal Justice Strategy: Government support for community-based projects will continue until 2017

February 14, 2015 – Halifax, NS – Department of Justice. Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced that the Government of Canada will provide an additional $11.1 million in funding for the Aboriginal Justice Strategy, a program which aims to help address the disproportionately high rates of victimization, crime, and incarceration experienced by Aboriginal peoples. Through […]

by aanationtalk on February 17, 2015553 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Young Offenders Living with FASD

Funding to assist youth involved in the criminal justice system who have Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder February 12, 2015 – Calgary, Alberta – Department of Justice Canada Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay, along with Member of Parliament for Yukon Ryan Leef, announced $536,658 in funding to the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services Association in […]

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2015651 Views

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National Post Project Connects with Aboriginal Teens

TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The statistics on Aboriginal women in Canada are staggering: three times more likely to be victims of violence, four times more likely to be murdered. The National Post’s special project Silent No More delivers a powerful and deeply personal perspective on what it’s like to grow up with such terrible odds – and the impact […]

by ahnationtalk on February 13, 2015700 Views

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Moose Hide Campaign sets to end violence against women

February 12, 2015 VICTORIA – The fourth annual campaign encourages men to stand up against violence faced by Aboriginal women. Moose Hide has been gaining momentum across the country as male role models speak out that violence is never acceptable. Here are Raven’s thoughts about her dad and the meaning of the Moose Hide Campaign. “My […]

by aanationtalk on February 13, 2015733 Views

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Annual Women’s Memorial March honouring missing and murdered women

“The consequence of doing nothing is to allow more women’s lives to be lost, more families to suffer and more injustices to occur.” — James Clancy, NUPGE National President. Ottawa (11 Feb. 2015) — What started in 1991 on February 14, as a day of remembrance and solidarity following the death of a Coast Salish woman in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, […]

by ahnationtalk on February 12, 2015505 Views

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Government of Canada funds enhancements to victim services in British Columbia

February 11, 2015 – Vancouver, British Columbia – Department of Justice Canada Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced funding of $1,168,788 for the enhancement of victim services to the Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division of the British Columbia Ministry of Justice. Minister MacKay was joined by Minister of National Revenue Kerry-Lynne D. Findlay and […]

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 2015575 Views

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First Nations Leaders Champion “Our Own Inquiry” for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Political leaders from First Nations across Ontario have joined together to begin their own inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women at a three-day gathering in Thunder Bay this week. The gathering will bring together 15 First Nations families who have experienced a loss with leaders from First Nations communities and political organizations. Families will […]

by ahnationtalk on February 11, 2015478 Views

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Annual Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

Event Details: We will gather at the Bulman Centre at 1:30pm for opening prayer, welcoming, and honour song. The Bulman Centre is located at the University of Winnipeg, on the Northwest Corner of Spence St at Ellice Ave. ( Please follow the signage) The March will commence at approximately 2:00 pm with drumming and speakers […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2015582 Views

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Justice Wellness Centre helps Community Wellness Court earn favourable evaluation

February 9, 2015 WHITEHORSE—A recent evaluation of Yukon’s Community Wellness Court has confirmed that it is meeting its primary objectives. The therapeutic court, which targets offenders with addictions, mental health problems and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), has been appraised as successful by reducing incidents of reoffending and increasing public safety. The 2014 evaluation report […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2015671 Views

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Memorial for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

February 8, 2015 On February 14th, communities across Canada will hold Women’s Memorial Marches to remember Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. The Canadian Labour Congress has already called for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and reiterates its demand for justice. The very first march happened in 1991 out […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2015533 Views

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Memorial for Missing and Murdered Women – February 14

Toronto – February 6, 2015 – February 14th Annual Memorial Marches will take place across Canada on Valentine’s Day. These marches were first held by grassroots movements and committed citizens following the death of a local indigenous woman in 1991 in Vancouver’s downtown Eastside. Since then, February 14th Memorial Marches have been held yearly across […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2015481 Views

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Government of Canada Supports Lord Selkirk School Division START Program to Serve Justice-Involved Youth

Funding to help youth involved in the criminal justice system who have cognitive impairments or mental health issues February 9, 2015 – Selkirk, MB – Department of Justice Canada Today, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake, on behalf of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, announced $60,000 in funding to the Lord Selkirk School Division to […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2015421 Views

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Government of Canada Supports a School-Run Rehabilitation and Reintegration Program for Young Offenders in a Northern Community

Funding for Deh Gàh School to deliver Fort Providence Youth Wellness Program February 9, 2015 – Yellowknife, NT – Department of Justice Canada Today, Ryan Leef, Member of Parliament for Yukon, on behalf of Justice Minister Peter MacKay, announced $460,000 in funding to the Deh Gàh Elementary and Secondary School in Fort Providence, to support […]

by ahnationtalk on February 10, 2015527 Views

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Moose Hide Campaign Annual Gathering of Men

Standing Together to End Violence Towards Aboriginal Women and Children VICTORIA, BC–(February 06, 2015) – Esquimalt and Songhees Territory – On February 12, 2015 Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal men will meet for the fourth consecutive year in Victoria, BC to stand together to end violence towards Aboriginal women and children. The Moose Hide campaign’s Annual “Gathering of […]

by ahnationtalk on February 9, 2015916 Views

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Continued imprisonment of Leonard Peltier is a fundamental denial of justice

February 6, 2015 The worldwide movement of Amnesty International stands behind the growing calls for the immediate release of Native American activist Leonard Peltier. As of this month, Leonard Peltier has spent 39 years behind bars. Peltier was convicted in connection with the 1975 murder of two FBI agents, Jack Coler and Ronald Williams, who […]

by ahnationtalk on February 6, 2015534 Views

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Women’s Annual Memorial Marches – February 14, 2015

A call to end violence against women February 5, 2015 — February 14 is a day during which many women will be celebrated with love and respect. It is also a day, like so many other days, when millions of women, especially Indigenous women, will face physical, mental, emotional and spiritual violence. Each year, Canada […]

by aanationtalk on February 5, 2015457 Views

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Vigil for Leonard Peltier takes place amid growing calls for clemency

Calls for clemency for Leonard Peltier are coming from Canada and the United States, and from around the world. Toronto (04 Feb. 2015) — On February 6, the 22nd Annual Traditional Prayer Vigil and Feast Calling for the Freedom of Leonard Peltier is taking place at Toronto’s COUNCIL FIRE Native Cultural Centre (click here for […]

by aanationtalk on February 4, 2015441 Views

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Open Letter: Coalition supports family seeking justice for the murder of Stephanie Lane by Robert Pickton and calls for investigation into RCMP and Coroner “oversight” of her partial skeletal remains

January 30, 2015 Honourable Suzanne Anton Minister of Justice and Attorney General PO Box 9044 STN PROV GOVT Victoria, BC, V8W 9E2 Via facsimile: 250-387-6411 January 30, 2015 Dear Attorney General: OPEN LETTER: Coalition supports family seeking justice for the murder of Stephanie Lane by Robert Pickton and calls for investigation into RCMP and Coroner […]

by aanationtalk on January 30, 2015701 Views

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BC Coroners Service announces revised plans for inquests into mill-explosion deaths

January 27, 2015 VICTORIA – The BC Coroners Service has announced revisions to its plans for inquests into the deaths of four workers who died in two sawmill explosions in 2012. Chief coroner Lisa Lapointe announced last August that the deaths from the two explosions would all be examined in a single inquest to begin […]

by ahnationtalk on January 29, 2015437 Views

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Petition to Pursue the Murder Case of Destiny Tom

We are appealing to the public for help regarding, Destiny Rae Tom, daughter of Andy and Vivian Tom and of the Wet’suewet’en people. In the early morning hours of Saturday, March 23rd, 2013, Destiny Tom’s badly beaten body was discovered on the Nadleh Indian Reservation just outside of Fort Fraser, BC. The mother of Destiny […]

by ahnationtalk on January 20, 2015721 Views

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Minister Blaney announces Royal Assent of DNA-based Missing Persons Index Legislation

January 16, 2015 – Ottawa – Public Safety Canada Today, the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness announced that the Harper Government was fulfilling its Economic Action Plan 2014 commitment to create a national DNA-based Missing Persons Index and that this legislation has now received Royal Assent. In October 2014, as […]

by ahnationtalk on January 19, 2015452 Views

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First Nations receive funds from Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust

January 15, 2015 WHITEHORSE— The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Fund awarded program funding to both Champagne and Aishihik First Nations (CAFN) and Carcross/Tagish First Nation (CTFN) to fund projects that support victims and preventing crime. “Activities that bring the community together for learning and sharing can be very effective defenses against crime,” Minister […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 2015569 Views

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BCGEU renews call for national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women

January 14, 2015 Since 1980, 1,181 indigenous women have been murdered or gone missing in Canada, with most of the cases occurring in British Columbia. On January 12, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) presented a report which analyzes the cultural and political context for these cases, and offers recommendations on how governments can […]

by ahnationtalk on January 16, 2015462 Views

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Four Yukon organizations receive funding for projects that support victims of crime

January 13, 2015 WHITEHORSE—The Crime Prevention and Victim Services Trust Fund awarded $55,860 to support the innovative projects of four community organizations intended to prevent crime and support victims. “Funding has been provided to community-driven projects that are building awareness of how we can support those that may be vulnerable to crime or have been […]

by ahnationtalk on January 14, 2015459 Views

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Murders and disappearances of Indigenous women caused by inequality, marginalization – Canada must act to prevent violence: Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

OTTAWA and VANCOUVER, Jan. 12, 2015  – A groundbreaking investigation by the leading human rights body for the Americas points to Canada’s history of colonization, long‑standing inequality, and economic and social marginalization as the root causes of violence against Indigenous women. It says national co‑ordinated action is required by Canadian governments. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, which is an […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2015649 Views

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It’s time to act: National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

January 12, 2015 The Canadian Labour Congress is today reiterating its call for a National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has issued the report of its two-year study on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in British Columbia. The report clearly links the disproportionate amount of violence experienced […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2015401 Views

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Canada failing Aboriginal women and girls by not living up to legal obligations, says new report

New report reminds Canada of its legal obligation to address the ongoing violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.  Ottawa (13 Jan. 2015) —The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has released a groundbreaking report on its investigation into the murders and disappearance of Aboriginal women and girls in British Columbia. IACHR, an arm of the Organization […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2015506 Views

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Federal government provides funding for project to help youth in Newfoundland and Labrador

January 13, 2015 – St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador – Department of Justice Canada Today, Justice Minister Peter MacKay announced funding of $105,881 to the Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland (PLIAN) for a new project aimed at helping youth in the province to cope with parental divorce or separation. The project primarily aims to […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2015484 Views

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BCCLA reacts to international investigation on murdered & missing Indigenous women

January 12, 2015 VANCOUVER (Coast Salish Territories) – Today the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released the results of its investigation into the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls in British Columbia. The report concluded that, under international law, Canada and British Columbia have a legal duty to take action to prevent violence […]

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 2015486 Views

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Regional human rights body condemns Canada’s failure to address crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women

A report released today by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights adds further weight to calls for a comprehensive national response to violence against Indigenous women and girls, including an independent public inquiry. The 125 page report on missing and murdered Indigenous women in British Columbia was released today at Commission headquarters in Washington, DC. […]

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 2015444 Views

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Canada Stands Idle in light of Human Rights Abuses

January 12, 2015 – [Ottawa] Canada’s Indigenous woman are four times more likely to be murdered or go missing than the average Canadian woman, and yet governments at all levels continue to wait for this issue to solve itself. These human rights abuses can no longer be ignored. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights today […]

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 2015492 Views

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IACHR Presents Report on Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women in British Columbia, Canada

January 12, 2015 Washington, D.C. – The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights presents today a report on missing and murdered indigenous women in British Columbia, Canada. The report analyzes the context in which indigenous women have been murdered and gone missing over the past several years and the response by the Canadian State. It also […]

by ahnationtalk on January 12, 2015846 Views

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Three honoured with awards of excellence from the Department of Justice

FOR RELEASEDecember 19, 2014 WHITEHORSE—The Department of Justice held its annual awards of excellence ceremony on December 18, 2014. Departmental employees were joined in the Andrew A. Philipsen Law Centre atrium by Justice Minister Mike Nixon and Deputy Minister Tom Ullyett to recognize this year’s recipients. This year’s award winners are: victim service worker Kelly […]

by aanationtalk on January 4, 2015608 Views

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First Nations’ Rights: Justice for Children

EVENT: THU, 2015-01-15 19:00 Free public forum with Gitksan Nation member Dr. Cindy Blackstock, the Executive Director of First Nations Child and Family Caring Society and an Associate Professor at the University of Alberta. Canada apologized for residential schools, but education and services for children on reserves remain seriously underfunded. A complaint to Canada’s Human Rights Commission was […]

by aanationtalk on December 19, 20141024 Views

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UBCIC Repudiates Harper Government’s View and Supports National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

December 19, 2014 (Coast Salish Territory/Vancouver, BC) Recent media reports regarding the renewed calls for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women quote Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt stating “if the guys grow up believing that women have no rights, that’s how they are treated” and “It’s a question of people pulling together, […]

by ahnationtalk on December 19, 2014612 Views

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Crime reduction and corrections safety reports released

December 18, 2014 Ministry of Justice VICTORIA – Government will act on two reports released today to further reduce B.C.’s crime rate – already at its lowest level in decades – and strengthen safety in correctional settings. New, responsive actions in the immediate term will include: Consideration of a regional, integrated community safety partnership pilot […]

by aanationtalk on December 18, 2014702 Views

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UFCW Canada helps Shoe Memorials raise awareness of gender-based violence

Toronto – December 17, 2014 – UFCW Canada activists across the country recently stepped up to raise awareness about violence against women by holding Shoe Memorials in Vancouver, Saskatoon and Toronto. The three events gathered almost one thousand pairs of women’s boots and shoes which were donated to women’s emergency shelters in the three cities. […]

by aanationtalk on December 17, 2014683 Views

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New research available for MMIW advocates

LEAF is part of a national Legal Strategy Coalition for Violence Against Indigenous Women (LSC). The LSC is engaged in legal advocacy and research to urgently address the critical issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women (MMIW). Coalition members include representatives of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association, the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies, […]

by ahnationtalk on December 9, 2014813 Views

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Call To Action On Missing And Murdered Indigenous Women And Girls: Assembly Of Manitoba Chiefs Initiates ‘Families First’ Approach To Create New Way Forward

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs is championing a new way forward to create both immediate and systemic action regarding missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). (12/08/2014) Treaty One Territory – The Families First Initiative seeks to first involve families who lost their loved ones and to ensure the families of MMIWG’s voices are […]

by aanationtalk on December 8, 20141069 Views

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