Department of Justice Canada

Department of Justice Canada

October 04, 2010 12:02 ET

Joint Statement by Ministers Nicholson and Ambrose on the Fifth Annual Sisters in Spirit Vigils

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - The Honourable Rob Nicholson, P.C., Q.C., M.P. f or Niagara Falls, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, and the Honourable Rona Ambrose, P.C., M.P. for Edmonton-Spruce Grove, Minister of Public Works and Government Services and Minister for Status of Women, made the following statement today on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the series of vigils honouring the Sisters in Spirit:

"The Sisters in Spirit vigils commemorate missing and murdered Aboriginal women – women from all walks of life and from all across Canada.

"Each of these women was a unique individual. Many of them died in a horrifying manner, leaving behind grieving families who have our deepest sympathies today. However, what these women all had in common was the fact that they all deserved better from the systems which should have been protecting them.

"The Government of Canada is committed to ensuring that all women in Canada, including Aboriginal women, are safe and secure regardless of the community in which they live. Ending this type of violence and bringing to justice those who have committed crimes is a shared responsibility of all levels of government. This responsibility also cuts across many different sectors, including the justice system, public safety and policing, gender issues and women's rights, and Aboriginal affairs.

"This is a serious matter, which affects a far grea ter number than the women who have gone missing and their families. We must all take steps to ensure that Aboriginal women, and indeed all women, are better protected from violence in its many forms.

"The Government of Canada will continue working in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, Aboriginal people, and other stakeholders to develop more effective and appropriate solutions and to mount collaborative responses to this pressing matter."

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  • Office of the Minister of Justice
    Pamela Stephens
    Press Secretary
    Department of Justice Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Minister of Public Works and
    Government Services and Minister for Status of Women
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    Director of Communications
    Status of Women Canada
    Director General, Communications and Strategic Planning
    Nanci-Jean Waugh