The Native Council of Prince Edward Island
For Immediate Release
September 2, 2014
Charlottetown, PEI -- The tragic homicide of Sagkeeng First Nation’s Tina Fontaine sparked renewed demands for a National Inquiry into the missing and murdered Aboriginal women epidemic in Canada. Currently there is no promise of an inquiry so an expedited and effective response is being sought out by Aboriginal leaders and advocacy groups across the country.
There was considerable progress made during the 55th Annual Premiers Conference hosted by Prince Edward Island, held in late August, 2014 regarding the acknowledgement of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada and proposed ways in which to effectively address it. Michele Audette, President of the Native Women's Association of Canada, expressed sincere appreciation for the movement by Canadian premiers as led by the Honourable Robert Ghiz, to address this crucial issue with a National Round Table discussion if a National Inquiry does not proceed. Such a discussion hosted on a National level would be a great starting point and step in the right direction if the National Inquiry does not proceed. During discussions, the premiers committed to creating a socio-economic action plan for Aboriginal women concentrating on education, housing and employment.
President and Chief Jamie Thomas explains, "We are greatly concerned for those who are most vulnerable, especially when they take to the streets for any reason. We aim to provide alternative measures and counsel for anyone, especially Aboriginal women and children who are or feel that they are in danger. Off-reserve Aboriginal persons are at considerable risk when they take to the streets. Even in this age of information and ease of access thereof, many Aboriginal persons in questionable living arrangements are left in the dark, unsure of where to turn or who to turn to when help is needed. In response to the horrific incidents affecting Aboriginal women and girls across the Nation, we along with our community partners will continue to do everything possible for those in need in Prince Edward Island."
In response to the Premiers Conference outcomes, The Native Council of Prince Edward Island wishes to remind its members, and would-be members alike, that there are in house and cooperative services to assist and direct those experiencing abuse- and addiction-related issues. In addition, it is hoped that new funding and opportunities will become available to strengthen, expand and create new programs for Aboriginal women.
The Native Council of Prince Edward Island offers in-house service and visitation service to its membership including: Hep'd up on life, National Native Drug and Alcohol Program, Young Aboriginal Mothers Program, Employment and Training Services, Nanegkam Housing Program, Membership Services and Walking the Red Road Program. " All staff are dedicated to the health and well-being of our membership and those who qualify for membership and we look forward to hearing for them. Our mission is to help our membership and be there for them when they have questions, concerns and issues. Our dedicated staff is very motivated and highly professional", explains Director of Administration and Program Development Darragh Murray.
There are many ways to contact the staff at the Native Council of Prince Edward Island. Please visit the website at www.ncpei.com or call us at (Central-East 902-892-5314) or (North-West 902-859-1472). You can also find us on Facebook and on Twitter @NativeCouncilPE.
Please contact us today to inquire about eligibility for membership and for more information please call or email our Director of Communications, Andrew Sark at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-892-5314.