Native women and PSAC, a strong partnership

    OTTAWA, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The Native Women's Association of Canada
(NWAC) is honoured to have the support of the Ottawa Regional Women's
Committee (ORWC) of the Public Service Alliance of Canada (PSAC) to help raise
awareness on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women within the
Sisters in Spirit (SIS) initiative.
    SIS is a five-year initiative with research, education and policy
components that are designed to increase public knowledge and understanding at
a national level of the impact of racialized, sexualized violence against
Aboriginal women which often leads to their disappearance and death.
    Beverley Jacobs, President of the NWAC, sees this partnership as a first
step toward a greater awareness among Canadians. "It is important to build
these alliances if we want to lead an effective campaign on the issue of
missing and murdered Aboriginal women, we have to be able to communicate to a
greater number of people," Ms. Jacobs said. "I'm confident that the ORWC will
help us to carry our messages to Canadians that we have not reached yet," she
    Over the years, there have been hundreds of missing and murdered
Aboriginal women across the country. For the NWAC, the ORWC's valuable support
with this important initiative is critical in educating the general public.
    Ed Cashman, the Executive Regional Vice-President of the PSAC for the
National Capital Region believes the partnership with the NWAC represents a
good opportunity for the labour movement. "As labour activists, it is our duty
to fight for women's rights not only in the places of work but also everywhere
in society," said Cashman. "All Canadians should be concerned by the issue of
missing and murdered Aboriginal women."
    The ORWC's first action within the new partnership was to provide a $1000
donation to the Sisters in Spirit initiative for the development of a special
poster to raise awareness about the disappearance of aboriginal women from our
communities. The ORWC members are also actively selling t-shirts, mugs, bags
and other promotional material with the Sisters in Spirit logo. Several
hundred dollars have been raised already from the sale of these items.

For further information:

For further information: Joshua Kirkey, Media Coordinator, Office: (613)
722-3033 ext. 231, Toll Free: (800) 461-4043,; Robert
McDonald, Team Lead of Communications and Education, Office: (613) 722-3033
ext. 252, Mobile: (613) 850-6922,; Patricia Johnson,
PSAC regional representative, (613) 560-2560

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