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Survey of Federally Sentenced Aboriginal Women in the Community

NATIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION OF CANADA

January 15, 1990

 TO ALL THOSE WHO WILL READ THIS REPORT:

On behalf of the Native Women’s Association of Canada we are pleased to submit this report to the Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women.

The report describes the painful detail experiences of 39 Native women who have been through the Canadian prison system.

The report is a culmination of testimony collected and summarized primarily by the efforts and courage of two beautiful and strong women: Fran Sugar and Lana Fox.

We, at the Native Women’s Association of Canada know only too well how difficult it was for Fran and Lana to revisit all that is spoken to in this report.

Their conviction was always to speak the truth and to let the truth be heard.

These women are the epitome of how understanding and compassion can change and empower Aboriginal women.

The Native Women’s Association of Canada is proud of all our sisters who had the courage to stand up and speak. We are honoured to have sponsored this project.

We look forward to seeing the insight gathered by this endeavour reflected in the final report and recommendation of the Task Force on Federally Sentenced Women.

In the Renewal of,

KINDNESS, HONESTY, SHARING AND STRENGTH,

 

 

 

Linda Jordan,

Speaker