Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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November 25, 2016


THUNDER BAY, ON (November 25): Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, on behalf of Executive Council and the NAN Women’s Council, has issued the following statement today on International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

“Today we reaffirm our commitment to protecting vulnerable women and girls and to reduce the impacts of violence on our youth, families and communities. NAN continues to advocate for programs and services to address the many factors that contribute to the vulnerability of our women and girls. These include inadequate funding and resources for the Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, the chronic lack of services and resources for the prevention of violence, and intervention and supports for victims of crime.”

NAN supports a national plan of action to prevent further violence against Indigenous women and girls and has participated in the pre-inquiry consultation phase as part of the design process for a national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The prevention of violence against women and girls is a priority and continues to be addressed by the NAN Women’s Council.

The International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women was designated in 1999 by the United Nations General Assembly. The date was chosen to commemorate the lives of the Mirabal sisters from the Dominican Republic who were violently assassinated in 1960. The day pays tribute to them, as well as urging global recognition of gender violence.

For more information please contact: Tamara Piché, Communications Officer – (807) 625-4906 or cell (807) 621-5549 or by email

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