FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ~ GOVERNMENT MUST CONSIDER PROJECT IMPACTS ON INDIGENOUS WOMEN

“This report is consistent with first-hand testimonies I heard from Indigenous leaders and women’s groups�, said NDP Status of Women spokesperson Sheila Malcolmson, who travelled to the Peace River Valley in July. “Federal governments have been green-lighting development projects without any consideration for the inequalities and risks to women and girls that are too often a result.�

According to Amnesty International, there are no federally funded on-reserve shelters in northeast BC. The report states that: “this overall increased demand for services because of megaprojects strained providers’ ability to provide services for women fleeing violence.�

“This should set off the alarm bells within the government as Amnesty International is known for reporting on the world’s worst human rights abuses,� said Malcolmson. “I am very concerned about the federal government's refusal to provide core funding for women’s organizations and services to support victims of violence.�

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