Call to action! Solidarity March in Support of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

On Tuesday, 5 July 2011, at 11:30 am outside the Ottawa Convention Centre (55 Colonel By) to walk to Parliament Hill. Participants of the Women’s Worlds 2011 congress will march in solidarity with Native Women’s Association of Canada and local activists to keep attention on the alarmingly high rates of violence against Aboriginal women and girls in Canada and the lack of effective response to the crisis.

Initiated in 2005 by the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Sisters in Spirit campaign began out of grave concerns for the large number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls (over 582 missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls). Since then, NWAC continues to work to address these issues.

Please join congress participants, activists, and community members at 11:30 am on Tuesday, 5 July outside the Ottawa Convention Centre to march in solidarity to Parliament Hill. There, we will meet with Elders, family and community members, as well as local supporters of the campaign. The march will follow a simple route through Ottawa’s downtown and arrive on Parliament Hill at 12:00 noon, returning to the University of Ottawa at 1:00 pm.

Women’s Worlds 2011 (womensworlds.ca) – a global convergence to advance women’s equality through research, exchange, leadership and action – will draw some 1500 participants from around the world to Ottawa-Gatineau from 3-7 July 2011.

Please direct questions about this Solidarity March to Jennie Abell: jabell@uottawa.ca

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