(Ottawa, ON) – Cheryl Maloney, President of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association will be in Ottawa along with Holly Jarret, a family member of Loretta Saunders, to host a memorial and rally tomorrow on Parliament Hill to renew the call for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
DATE: Wednesday March 5, 2014
TIME: Rally begins at 12 noon local time
LOCATION: Parliament Hill, Ottawa
President Cheryl Maloney stated: “The overwhelming support from the city of Halifax and the Province of Nova Scotia has renewed the faith of both the family and myself that Canadians do care and are not indifferent to the loss of so many Indigenous women. The experience in reaching out to the greater Halifax community and standing side by side with people from other cultures has given me faith that Canadians can help finish Loretta’s thesis on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women.
We are meeting on Parliament Hill to remind this government that it must be responsive and representative of Canadians, and to address the serious problem we have in Canadian Society. A National Inquiry will be an important step towards recognition of Aboriginal peoples place in Canada and reconciliation of all Canadians and Aboriginal peoples.”
Loretta Saunders, an Inuk woman from Newfoundland and Labrador, was a student at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, focusing her thesis on missing and murdered Indigenous women, specifically studying the murders of three Indigenous women from Nova Scotia. Police confirmed her death on February 26. The case has sparked nation-wide attention and renewed calls for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Cheryl Maloney, President, Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association