February 24, 2015 Ottawa, ON: Indigenous women and girls are three times more likely to be victims of violence than non-Indigenous women. In a 2014 report, the RCMP estimated 1,181 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in the country since 1980 – 164 are missing, 1,017 were homicides.
Indigenous families and leaders, Premiers, provincial and territorial representatives and Ministers from the Government of Canada will meet in Ottawa this week for the first ever National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Friday February 27, 2015
Ottawa Marriott Hotel, Lower Lobby
100 Kent St, Ottawa, ON K1P 5R7
8:00 a.m. Photo Opportunity (cameras only)
3:30 p.m. Press Conference
* Media are asked to report to the registration desk in the Lower Lobby of the Ottawa Marriott Hotel between 7:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Friday February 27, 2015 to obtain admission pass. Media will be escorted to the Photo Opp and Press Conference Rooms.
*Advance online Media Registration and Accreditation is required by February 25, 2015. Media are asked to register via the Canadian Intergovernmental Conference Secretariat www.scicsonline.ca using the access PIN # 097298.
The National Roundtable will bring together families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, the Assembly of First Nations, the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples, Native Women’s Association of Canada, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, Métis National Council, Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak / Women of the Métis Nation, all provinces and territories and the federal government.
The National Roundtable will be preceded by a closed Families Gathering taking place in Ottawa February 26, 2015. A Peoples’ Gathering organized by National Aboriginal Organizations is open to the public and will take place February 27, 2015, at Carleton University. For more information on these events and to view the live webcast from the Peoples’ Gathering starting at 9:00 a.m. ET please visit: http://www.afn.ca/index.php/en/policy-areas/i-pledge.-end-violence.
Patricia D’Souza, Senior Communications Officer, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami
613-292-4482 mobile or email@example.com
Jenna Young Castro, Communications, Assembly of First Nations
613-314-8157 mobile firstname.lastname@example.org
Alain Garon, Bilingual Communications Officer, Assembly of First Nations
613-292-0857 mobile or email@example.com