TORONTO, June 17, 2013 /CNW/ - The United Church of Canada has added its
voice to the call by the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC)
and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) for the Canadian government to
convene as soon as possible a national inquiry into missing and
murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
NWAC says that nearly 600 missing or murdered Aboriginal women and girls
have been documented in Canada, and that number is increasing.
In her letter to Prime Minister Harper, Nora Sanders, the church's
General Secretary of the General Council wrote,
"Clearly our justice and social systems are not offering adequate
protection against violence for Indigenous women in this country. We
take very seriously the deadly violence to which these women and girls
have been subjected, and believe that Indigenous women and girls
deserve to be safe, as do all Canadians. This tragedy must be addressed
as a step towards returning to healthy and thriving Aboriginal
families, communities and nations in Canada."
The church's Call to Action is encouraging its membership to sign the
NWAC petition for a national inquiry, and to write to their respective
municipal, provincial, and federal representatives, with a copy to the
The United Church is also supporting the NWAC and AFN assertion that
Aboriginal women must have a leading role in the design,
decision-making, process, and implementation of this inquiry.
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SOURCE: United Church of Canada
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