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“Like a slap”: the Native Women’s Association of Canada excludes meetings of Ministers of Justice

By Matteo Cimellaro, reporter for the Local Journalism Initiative When federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers meet next week, the main national organization representing Indigenous women and girls in Canada will not be at the table. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) expected to attend the meetings alongside politicians and representatives of other Aboriginal organizations. NWAC has been invited to attend further meetings with ministers as recently as August. However, NWAC was not invited to meetings between federal Justice Minister David Lametti and his provincial and territorial counterparts. For NWAC president Carol McBride, the moment seems like a “slap in the face.” The insult came just a week after hundreds of vigils were held across the country for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and Two-Spirit people. “In agreement with…

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