December 4, 2008
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs stated today, "The Union of BC Indian Chiefs respectfully acknowledges that Saturday, December 6th, 2008 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women."
"Unfortunately, rather than mark this solemn day by respectfully mourning the loss of too many women to senseless acts of violence, the Harper Government has decided to stage partisan rallies designed to generally foment and incite partisan hatred against Quebeckers. Needless to say, these mob-like partisan rallies will completely eclipse the significance of this day of remembrance and mourning the legions of victims of violence against women."
"Once again Stephen Harper has disgracefully demonstrated his arrogant contempt for the fundamental human rights of the women of Canada," concluded Grand Chief Phillip.
December 6 is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'École Polytechnique de Montréal.
/For further information: http://www.ubcic.bc.ca/ and http://www.swc-cfc.gc.ca/dates/dec6/index_e.html
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President, Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs
Primary Phone: 604-684-0231
UBCIC is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations.