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Standing Committee on the Status of Women
house of commons
HOUSE OF COMMONS
CHAMBRE DES COMMUNES
OTTAWA, CANADA
K1A 0A6

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NEWS RELEASE


Status of Women Committee to Travel in January 2011 in Relation to Study of Violence Against Aboriginal Women

Ottawa, January 05, 2011 -

Members of the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women will be travelling to Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, from January 11-14, 2011; and to British-Columbia, Northwest Territories and Alberta, from January 17-21, 2011, as part of its study of violence against Aboriginal women.

In March 2010, the Standing Committee on the Status of Women passed a motion to undertake a study on violence against Aboriginal Women. The study began with three meetings in Ottawa (21, 26, 28 April) with national Aboriginal organizations, government departments and other stakeholders. In June, the Committee conducted fact-finding visits to Iqaluit (Nunavut), Labrador City (Newfoundland and Labrador), Fredericton (New Brunswick), and Montreal, Québec City and Kitigan Zibi (Québec). During these trips, the Committee held hearings and visited organizations involved in efforts to reduce and prevent violence against Aboriginal women.

As a second part of that study, the Committee is now scheduled to travel to western communities with the same purpose. "After successful meetings with aboriginal communities from Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nunavut, members of the committee understand the importance of this study and are eager to hear from communities in the west, where violence against aboriginal women remain heavily prevalent on a day-to-day basis”, said the Hon. Hedy Fry, MP for Vancouver-Centre and Chair of the Committee. “The Standing Committee on the Status of Women will remain dedicated to addressing this issue throughout and beyond this study to ensure all women who face violence feel they have the support they need”, said the Chair.

Committee travel will include site visits in the communities, to meet with those whose work is related to violence against Aboriginal women and provides particularly effective and/or innovative services to victims of violence. The Committee looks forward to hearing the views from the people directly involved in this major issue.

The Committee will be holding public hearings in the following communities:

  • Wednesday, January 12, 2011: Prince Albert (Saskatchewan) 12:30 – 14:30 Prince Albert Inn, 3680 – 2nd Avenue West;
  • Thursday, January 13, 2011: Winnipeg (Manitoba) 8:00 – 12:30 Fort Garry Hotel, 222 Broadway St.;
  • Friday, January 14, 2011: Sioux Lookout (Ontario) 8:00 – 9:30 Sunset Inn & Suites, 10 First Avenue;
  • Friday, January 14, 2011: Thunder Bay (Ontario) 16:30 – 18:30 Valhalla Inn, 1 Valhalla Road;
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2011: Vancouver (British-Columbia) 12:30 – 19:00 Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown, 1128, West Hastings St.;
  • Thursday, January 20, 2011: Yellowknife (Northwest Territories) 8:00 – 12:00 Yellowknife Inn, 5010 49th St.;
  • Friday, January 21, 2011: Edmonton (Alberta) 8:00 – 13:00 Matrix Hotel, 10640 100th Avenue.

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For more information, please contact:
Marie-France Renaud, Clerk of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women
Tel: (613) 995-6119
E-mail: FEWO@parl.gc.ca