Cullen statement on national day of action on violence against women

OTTAWA – MP Nathan Cullen, whose sprawling federal riding includes the dangerous Highway of Tears, paid tribute today to Canadian women who have suffered abuse and violence, and those who fight against gender-based violence.

“As Canadians today mark the 27th anniversary of the École Polytechnique massacre of 14 women, we mourn the senseless loss of those young engineering students,” Cullen said in Ottawa today.

“As importantly, we resolve to continue our fight to end the persistent and disproportionate violence against women and girls in our country and around the world.

“Here in Northwest BC, we are particularly reminded of the pain of murdered and missing women because our communities have lost so many young Indigenous women along the Highway of Tears and, long years later, families are still searching for answers as to what happened to their loved ones.”

Cullen noted the tireless advocacy of the families of many Highway of Tears victims helped advance the commitment of the federal government to at last commit to a national action plan to fight gender-based violence and demand justice for murdered and missing Indigenous women.

Approximately every six days, a woman in Canada is killed by her intimate partner. Over half of Canadian women will experience violence at some point in their lives, and thousands of Indigenous women in Canada have been murdered or gone missing over the past 30 years. 

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