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Canada 'cannot afford any more stolen sisters,' native-women's advocate says


When Dawn Lavell-Harvard’s young daughter asked what her advocacy work was all about, the president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada tried to find a child-appropriate way to explain that girls like her are more likely to be killed or go missing than non-indigenous girls.

“An 11-year-old child looked at me and said, ‘Well, I’m native,’” Ms. Lavell-Harvard recounted through tears as she addressed the Assembly of First Nations’ chiefs gathering in Quebec on Thursday. “She said, ‘And I’m a girl … Mommy, does that mean I’m in danger?’”


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