TORONTO, Dec. 4, 2012 /CNW/ - On Wednesday December 5, 2012, The City of Toronto will present the Native Women's Resource Centre of Toronto (NWRCT) with the 2012 City of Toronto Aboriginal Affairs Award.
The Aboriginal Affairs Award was established in 2003 to honour the
volunteer contributions made by person(s) or organizations and whose
efforts have made or are making a significant or ongoing contribution
to the well-being and advancement of the Aboriginal community in
Toronto. These contributions can be made for services or advocacy work
on issues such as health, shelter work, street work, governance and
self determination, human rights, or cultural activities.
Since its inception, NWRCT's mission has been to enhance the
self-sufficiency of its membership by providing resources and support
that break down the social-economic barriers experienced by urban
Aboriginal women and their families. The Aboriginal Affairs Award,
awarded through a community-driven nomination process, recognizes
NWRCT's passion and commitment to their mission, as well as the
strength of the Centre's programming. As an organization run by
Aboriginal women for Aboriginal women, programming incorporates
parenting and child-rearing programs, one of the city's busiest housing
programs, an advocacy program established to help members stand up for
their civil rights, and a life skills and education program, which
includes a bridging program with York University.
Crystal Melin, Executive Director of the NWRCT, said: "Small charities
like NWRCT often work under the radar of donors and so it's very
important to have our work recognized. Local charities build the
Toronto community and make it a better place for all to live and it's
great to share in these accomplishments."
Engaging through cultural and spiritual programs, including drumming
circles, Ojibway language lessons, full-moon and sweatlodge ceremonies,
and the annual Sisters in Spirit Day (officially recognized by the City
of Toronto in 2010 and 2011 by naming October 4, Sisters in Spirit
Day), further supports and celebrates Aboriginal women and the larger
The Native Women's Resource Centre will be presented with the 2012
Aboriginal Affairs Award during the City of Toronto's annual Human
Rights Awards Ceremony at City Hall on Wednesday December 5, 2012.
Further awards being presented that evening include: the Constance E.
Hamilton Awards, the Access Award on Disability Issues, the Pride Award
for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Two Spirited
Issues, and the William P. Hubbard Race Relations Award.
For more information, please contact the NWRCT's Executive Director,
Crystal Melin at 416-963-9963 or email@example.com.
SOURCE: Native Women's Resource Centre Of Toronto
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For more information regarding the 2012 Access Equity and Human Rights Awards, please contact the City of Toronto Office of Equity, Diversity and Human Rights at 416-392-8592 or firstname.lastname@example.org.