Assembly of First Nations Women's Council is inviting media to tour the Awo Taan Native Women's Shelter on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women



    CALGARY, Dec. 6 /CNW Telbec/ - The Chair of the AFN Women's Council,
Kathleen McHugh, is opening the doors of the Awo Taan Native Women's Shelter
to media on December 6th from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Calgary, where she
serves as a counsellor. Media are invited to tour the shelter and speak to
Kathleen McHugh and other staff. Some residents will also be available to
speak to media.
    "For First Nations people, the National Day of Remembrance and Action on
Violence Against Women is a time to reflect on why so many of our women are
dying from violence at a much high rate than other Canadian women," said
Kathleen McHugh. "The AFN Women's Council is looking for long-term solutions
to family violence and ways to offer safety and support to First Nations women
and children regardless of where they live."
    As a counsellor at the shelter, Kathleen McHugh knows first-hand the
trauma and hardships faced by women who are fleeing from violence. As Chair of
the AFN Women's Council she has also been a key player in addressing the
violence faced by Aboriginal women, by supporting the Sisters in Spirit
Campaign, and by advocating for long-term solutions to premiers, federal and
provincial ministers at the National Aboriginal Women's Summit. (NAWS). The
AFN Womens' Council plans to make the subject a key issue at the next NAWS
meeting scheduled for 2008 in the Northwest Territories.

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations people in Canada.

    
    Event: Media are invited to tour the Awo Taan Native Women's Shelter
           Society
    When: December 6, 2007 - 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
    Where: Calgary, Alberta
    




For further information:

For further information: specific address and contact info: Karyn
Pugliese, Communications Officer, Health Secretariat, (613) 241-6789 ext 210,
(613) 292-1877, kpugliese@afn.ca


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