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Media Advisory – For Immediate Release

Include Men in National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, New Campaign Urges

TORONTO, ONTARIO — (March 29, 2016) The Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE) is joining a national campaign calling on the federal government to expand the proposed inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls to include boys and men.

“We are proud to support the Necktie Campaign launched by Lydia Daniels of the Long Plain First Nation in Manitoba,” said CAFE Executive Director Justin Trottier. Daniels’ son Colton Pratt has been missing since November 2014. She started the Necktie Campaign to draw attention to the alarming number of missing and murdered Indigenous men and boys.

Indigenous men are murdered and missing at higher rates than Indigenous women, according to research by University of British Columbia Professor of Political Science Adam Jones. 71% of Indigenous murder victims are male.

“An inquiry that hopes to establish the causes of violence and find effective solutions must be thorough and fully inclusive,” said Trottier.

This Thursday, March 31st, a series of Necktie Campaign events will call on the government to #includemen:

Toronto, 11:00 AM EDT: Press conference at the Canadian Centre for Men and Families, 152 Carlton St.

Edmonton, 11:00 AM MDT: Necktie hanging ceremony at Ezio Faraone Park (West side of the north end of High Level Bridge)

Montreal, 12:15pm EDT: Necktie hanging ceremony at the park at place Émilie-Gamelin (bordered by de Maisonneuve and Ste. Catherine, and St. Hubert and Berri; Berri-UQAM metro station).

Long Plain First Nation and Portage la Prairie, Manitoba: Necktie hanging ceremony led by Lydia Daniels

Campaign spokespeople are available in Toronto, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Vancouver.

Justin Trottier
Executive Director, Canadian Association for Equality

The Canadian Association for Equality is committed to achieving equality for all Canadians, regardless of sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, family status, race, ethnicity, creed, age or disability.