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Two Minute Action: Sisters in Spirit

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via Meaghan Ross
Housing Help Centre

As many of you are aware, there are currently over 600

Missing or Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls in Canada.SISTERS IN SPIRIT has been a catalyst for awareness and change from the level of community-based grassroots groups to that of federal policy and program development.
The goals of this initiative was to better understand the root causes of violence against Aboriginal women and girls, to identify measures to increase their safety and well-being, to increase awareness across Canada of the impact of violence against Aboriginal women and girls and to preserve the life story of lost loved ones

In March 2010, when funding for Sisters in Spirit was up for renewal, the Harper Government announced that there would be $10 million in the Federal Budget to
“address the disturbingly high number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women”
Out of that $10 Million federal budget dollars, ONLY 5% WENT TO THE NATIVE WOMENS ASSOCIATION OF CANADA
This is not enough funding to maintain the Sisters in Spirit Initiative.

The Sisters in Spirit initiative is an excellent example of the mobilization and empowerment of the Aboriginal Community through progressive leadership and innovation.
The date October 4th is now recognized across Canada as the National day to remember missing and murdered Aboriginal women.
Don’t let the Stephen Harper Government silence SISTERS IN SPIRIT.

Sign the petition, or sign a letter to stand up against systemic oppression, and to support mobilization, empowerment, and action for the Aboriginal community by the Aboriginal community.

We ask that you print off a petition and get signatures OR
Print off a letter of support, sign OR BOTH!

Bring the voices of Sisters in Spirit back.

All petitions and letters can be printed, signed, and submitted to:
Kelly Whicher, Program Manager
THE NATIVE WOMEN’S CENTRE
Contact: 905 664 1114 ext. 238

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