OTTAWA, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National
Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, together with AFN Alberta Regional Chief
Cameron Alexis, will appear this evening before the Special
Parliamentary Committee on Violence Against Indigenous Women,
established to propose solutions to the root causes of violence against
Indigenous women and girls.
"This committee can play a critical role in demanding that the federal
government show real action and investments in the safety of Indigenous
women and girls, some of the most vulnerable citizens in this country,"
said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo, who is also meeting today with the
Hon. Stephen Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency
Preparedness. "While I look forward to appearing before the committee,
it must not be overlooked how essential it is for the committee to hear
directly from the families, victims and support workers impacted at the
community level. AFN has been and will continue to press for this, and
we understand the committee will hear from families next week."
AFN Regional Chief Cameron Alexis, who leads national efforts for the
AFN in community safety and policing, said, "While we do not need
another report or study to show the urgent need for action, our hope is
that the recommendations of this committee will echo those of First
Nations, including the call for a National Public Commission of
Inquiry, as well as support for a First Nations driven national action
plan to end violence."
In February of this year AFN acknowledged all-party support for the
development of the Special Parliamentary Committee. National Chief
Atleo and AFN support the call for a National Public Commission of
Inquiry and the National Chief has urged Parliament to be fully
inclusive of the voices of Indigenous peoples in order to bring forward
solutions and the action urgently needed to address violence and the
root causes and conditions.
Tomorrow, December 6, will mark the National Day of Remembrance and
Action on Violence Against Women in Canada, recognizing the anniversary
of the murders of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal
"On a day that we remember and honour young women whose lives were
tragically cut short by violence, we look to the future of our
daughters with strengthened purpose to work together and take every
opportunity to ensure all Indigenous women and girls are able to
fulfill their hopes and dreams without fear of violence," said National
Community safety and policing will be a topic of discussion during the
AFN Special Chiefs Assembly taking place at the Hilton Lac Leamy in
Gatineau, QC December 10-12, 2013. For more information and an agenda
of the AFN SCA visit http://www.afn.ca/uploads/files/13-12-01_sca_draft_agenda.pdf.
For more information on First Nations efforts to end violence, including
a draft National Action plan visit http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/policy-areas/i-pledge.-end-violence.
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