On April 21, 2010, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) released a report called “What Their Stories Tell Us”. This report includes findings from the Sisters is Spirit initiative which brought together five years of research related to missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada.
More than 580 Aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or been murdered in Canada, and nearly half of these murder cases remain unsolved, according to this research.
The federal government had announced as part of its 2010 budget that it would allocate $10 million dollars towards the issue of violence against Aboriginal women, to raise awareness and implement new policies. To date there has been no information from government as to how this money will be spent.
NDP Members of Parliament Jean Crowder and Irene Mathyssen have developed a petition calling on the government to ensure that NWAC receives financial support to continue its important work on the Sisters in Spirit initiative.
Please sign this petition to raise your voice with other Canadians to demand that this campaign receive the funding necessary to continue the work of seeking justice for Aboriginal women and girls.