Native Leaders Call For Action, Not More Talk

Sisters are doing it for themselves,
standing on their own two feet,
and ringing on bells,

and shaking those tamborines;

where is all the other sisters?

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Protesters handed out 1200 informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women and informed the public of the need for a national inquiry. At the Ontario and Manitoba border June 19th 2015. Photo: Red Power Media Protesters handed out 1200 informational flyers on missing and murdered Indigenous women and informed the public of the violence taking place in their communities and the need for a national inquiry. At the Ontario and Manitoba border, June 19th 2015. File photo: Red Power Media.

By Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Dawn Lavell Harvard says the time for well-intentioned but often empty talk is over.

The president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, along with other national aboriginal leaders, will step up pressure for action when they meet Wednesday with provincial and territorial premiers in Happy Valley-Goose Bay, N.L.

They’re calling for detailed work plans to go with the photo ops and communiques from their yearly sit-down with the Council of the Federation.

“The most pressing concern we have right now in our communities is the ongoing level of violence,” Lavell Harvard said from Ottawa.

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