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MNO Toronto and York Region Métis Council participate in Toronto Strawberry Ceremony for missing and murdered Indigenous women

On February 14, 2015, the Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Toronto and York Region Métis Council joined 500 other demonstrators, including the MNO Infinite Reach: Métis Student Solidarity Network at the University of Toronto, in seeking justice for Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women. The Toronto Strawberry Ceremony was organized by No More Silence, the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 3, 2015377 Views

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NAN Acknowledges Frustration of Families, Delivers Call for National Inquiry

February 27, 2015 THUNDER BAY: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler acknowledged the frustration of families at today’s National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and delivered NAN’s call for a national inquiry to the Government of Canada. “We can’t fix problems when the depths of these issues have […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 2015343 Views

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Métis Nation delegates participate in National Roundtable on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls

February 28, 2015 The Métis Nation delegation was composed of MNC President Clément Chartier, MNC Vice-President and MMF President David Chartrand, Women of the Métis Nation (WMN) President Melanie Omeniho, Métis Elder Angie Crerar, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) Chair France Picotte, MNO staff Jennifer Lord, Provincial Chair for Métis Women BC Clara Morin-Dal Col, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 2015424 Views

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Support for the National Roundtable on Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls

Ottawa, February 27, 2015 – The Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse – as member of the Canadian Association of Statutory Human Rights Agency (CASHRA) – offers its support to participants at the National Roundtable on Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls being held today in Ottawa. The Roundtable, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 2, 2015302 Views

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Joint Statement from Ontario’s Delegation at the Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

February 27, 2015  – Office of the Premier Ontario’s delegation at the National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls released the following statement today: “Too many Aboriginal women and girls have experienced violence, been murdered or gone missing. Too many Aboriginal girls spend their lives in constant fear that they will join […]

by aanationtalk on February 27, 2015338 Views

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First Nations political leaders participate in national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women, continue to call for a national inquiry

First Nations leadership from across Canada met with government representatives at a national roundtable on missing and murdered Indigenous women in Ottawa today. The roundtable brought together more than 150 delegates including First Nations Chiefs, Premiers, federal and provincial ministers, and representatives from First Nations organizations. Deputy Grand Chief Denise Stonefish of the Association of […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 2015338 Views

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Joint Press Release: Coalition Continues to Demand National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

February 27, 2015 A coalition of advocacy groups, Indigenous organizations, and family members continue to demand that the federal government hold a national public inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls. In its January 2015 report, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights strongly supported a national inquiry because there is “much still to […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 2015417 Views

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President Lipinski attends meeting of Joint Working Group on Violence Against Aboriginal Women

On February 24, 2015, Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) President Gary Lipinski represented the MNO at a meeting of the members of the Joint Working Group (JWG) on Violence Against Aboriginal Women (VAAW). Also attending the meeting on behalf of the MNO was MNO Chief Operating Officer Doug Wilson. The Honourable Tracy MacCharles, Minister of […]

by ahnationtalk on February 27, 2015347 Views

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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, 2015433 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, 2015541 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, 2015378 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, 2015305 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, 2015333 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, 2015337 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, 2015664 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, 2015401 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, 2015318 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, 2015432 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, 2015405 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, 2015392 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, 2015463 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, 2015468 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, 2015518 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, 2015334 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, 2015403 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, 2015345 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, 2015389 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, 2015461 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, 2015382 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, 2015332 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, 2015280 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, 2015358 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, 2015684 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, 2015353 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, 2015297 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, 2015312 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, 2015542 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, 2015308 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, 2015557 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, 2015296 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, 2015393 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, 2015320 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, 2015317 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, 2015471 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, 2015273 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, 2015326 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, 2015330 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, 2015338 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, 2015319 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, 2015312 Views

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