Aboriginal women gather to devise 10-year plan to combat violence

Posted: June 21, 2007 in Natives

CORNER BROOK, N.L. (CP) – Native leaders and some premiers have gathered in western Newfoundland for the first national aboriginal women’s summit in the hope of devising a long-term strategy to end a cruel cycle of poverty and violence.

Beverley Jacobs, president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, said Wednesday she hopes to strike a 10-year plan that would outline ways of reducing the number of aboriginal women who are sexually assaulted, go missing or are murdered.

Jacobs and other native leaders accused the federal government of ignoring their issues when it delivered its budget in March. But in a video presentation at the summit’s evening reception, federal Indian Affairs Minister Jim Prentice touted Ottawa’s funding commitments to aboriginal women and children in its 2006 budget.

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