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YWCA Canada joins thousands marching in Ottawa on May 31, 2015

Photo credit: Lesley Washington

Toronto – Recognizing the negative impacts of 120 years of the Indian Residential School system on the lives of women and girls, YWCA Canada welcomed the release of the Final Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Tuesday, and lauded the many years of work by the Commission and by residential school survivors.

“YWCA Canada is committed to taking up a role in the work of reconciliation,” said YWCA Canada CEO Paulette Senior. “Our vision of a safe and equitable society for women and girls requires a country built on respect and dedicated to ending violence against First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. We applaud the Commissioner’s call for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.”

“Walking with thousands past Parliament Hill on Sunday was an historic moment,” said Ann Decter, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, “just as today is an historic day. This is a tremendous opportunity for Canada to move in a new direction. Education will be key to meeting the challenge of change.”

At the upcoming 2015 Annual Members Meeting in Edmonton June 11-13, YWCA Canada is poised to adopt strategic directions for the next five years, including renewing a commitment to reconciliation.

YWCA Canada is the country’s oldest and largest women’s multi-service organization. Our 32 Member Associations serve women and girls in nine provinces and two territories. YWCA Canada is the nation’s single largest provider of shelter to women and children fleeing violence, the second largest provider of childcare services, and an active member of the World YWCA.


For information or an interview with YWCA Canada contact Laura Tilley, Communications & Marketing Manager at 416.962.8881 x 233.

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