OTTAWA, June 15, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo
will address delegates of the National Aboriginal Women's Forum in
Vancouver tomorrow, continuing his call for adequate support for
families and prevention measures to end violence against Indigenous
women across Canada.
"My heart goes out to the many families, friends and supporters impacted
by violence against Indigenous women in British Columbia and across
Canada, most recently the Gunning and Knott families at this
particularly difficult time," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo.
"Among other efforts, this national forum is a step in the right
direction, but more attention is required. We cannot continue to allow
our women and children to be in unsafe and vulnerable situations.
Dedicated and urgent attention to resolving ongoing cases of missing
and murdered women is essential. There must be support at all levels
for community-based programs that focus on prevention and addressing
the root causes."
First Nation leadership across Canada have made ending violence against
Indigenous women a key priority. National Chief Atleo and the AFN
continue to advocate for safety and security for all First Nation
citizens and to lessening the vulnerability among First Nations. The
AFN has achieved commitments from premiers, territorial leaders and
provincial Ministers of Aboriginal Affairs through the Council of the
Federation and the Parliamentary Aboriginal Affairs Working Group to
support a national strategy to prevent violence against Indigenous
"AFN will continue to support efforts seeking justice for the families
of missing and murdered women in B.C. and Canada," said National Chief
Atleo, adding that AFN has presented to the House of Commons Standing
Committee on the Status of Women and received standing at the BC
Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.
The National Aboriginal Women's Forum, a collaboration to end violence
is taking place June 15-17 in Vancouver. The Forum is co-hosted by
B.C.'s Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and the
Native Women's Association of Canada. More than 200 delegates
representing the provinces, territories and First Nation, Métis and
Inuit organizations are attending.
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada. National Chief Atleo and AFN are on
Twitter. Follow us @NCAtleo @AFN_Updates @AFN_Comms.
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