‘Like a slap in the face’: Native Women’s Association of Canada shut out of justice ministers meetings

By Matteo Cimellaro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter When federal, provincial and territorial justice ministers meet next week, the key 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 from other Indigenous organizations. NWAC has been invited to attend other meetings with ministers as recently as August. However, NWAC was not invited to the meetings between federal Justice Minister David Lametti and his provincial and territorial counterparts. For Carol McBride, NWAC president, the timing feels like a “slap in the face.’’ The insult came just one week after hundreds of vigils were held across the country for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people. “In keeping with…

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