Native Women’s Association of Canada Evidence to Action Project

Native Women’s Association of Canada : Three Year Evidence to Action Project Underway
Tuesday, 17 May 2011

The Enduring Inspiration of “Sisters in Spirit”

May 16, 2011 (Ottawa)
Evidence to Action is a three-year project of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) funded through April 30, 2014 by a $1.8 million contribution agreement with Status of Women Canada. The project builds on the previous ground-breaking work that was completed during the SIS five-year initiative and will work to strengthen the ability of families, communities, governments, educators and service providers to respond to issues that relate to the root causes of violence against Aboriginal women and girls.

Evidence to Action is inspired by Sisters in Spirit that succeeded in bringing to light the plight of murdered and missing Aboriginal women and girls. Operating under the enduring theme, Sisters in Spirit, Evidence to Action focuses on increasing awareness of the issue of violence against Aboriginal women and girls, promoting education measures designed to assist Aboriginal women and girls to remain safe, and providing access to tools and supports for women and their communities that address violence.

In addition, this project will enable NWAC to assist families and communities to understand, prevent and respond to violence against Aboriginal women and girls. NWAC will provide culturally-relevant training for police officers, educators, justice officials, frontline healthcare workers, social service providers and community leaders and any other members of Canadian society who are interested in stopping violence against Aboriginal women.

“We are excited about the mandate to move from the evidence that we have generated to concrete action inspired by the vision and diligence of the five-year Sisters in Spirit initiative”, said Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, NWAC President. “The theme of our new mandate under Evidence to Action is Sisters in Spirit as its work is and remains our enduring inspiration. The families of the victims will always be at the centre of our work and our hearts.”

“We are currently in the process of hiring key staff members which will enable us to move forward rapidly,” added Claudette Dumont-Smith, Executive Director. “The three-year funding commitment will enable us to conduct our work in a focused and professional manner.”

For further information, please contact:

Claudette Dumont-Smith
Executive Director
Native Women’s Association of Canada