The Right Hon. Stephen Harper, P.C., B.A., M.A.
House of Commons
June 21, 2011
Dear Mr. Harper,
I write on National Aboriginal Day to inform you that at the National Council of Women’s recent annual general meeting in Winnipeg, June 2 to 4, 160 delegates signed a Joint Declaration between the NCWC President, the NWAC President and the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Those present bore witness to the critical, tragic and inequitable issue of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls and unequivocally affirmed their commitment to actively work together towards complete protection of, respect for and fulfillment of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples’ human rights; acceptance and affirmation of their cultural identity; and their declared Right of Self Determination.
We are committed to encouraging your Government to implement a National Task Force leading to federal legislation that prevents further missing and murdered women and girls, and that addresses the systemic and inequitable access for culturally appropriate services at the community level and enacts a paradigm shift in how policies are designed that govern such programs and services.
We support the second annual Walk for Justice for murdered and missing women starting today and encourage others to support the walk as it moves across Canada.
National Council of Women
Cc: Hon. John Duncan, Minister of Northern Affairs
Hon. Rona Ambrose, Minister of Status of Women
The National Council of Women of Canada is a federation composed of Local Councils, Provincial Councils, as well as National, Provincial and Local Organizations. Founded in 1893, it was incorporated by an Act of Parliament in 1914 and has been designated by the Government of Canada as being of national historic significance for its role in Canadian women’s history. For more information, consult our web site at www.ncwc.ca or contact our national office at #506, 251 Bank Street, Ottawa, Ontario, K2P 1X3.