Debates of the Senate  
1st Session, 39th Parliament,Volume 143, Issue 22.
Thursday, June 8 , 2006
  Aboriginal Women on the Move
    Cross-Canada Cycle Tour

Hon. Lillian Eva Dyck: Honourable senators, on May 28, the Aboriginal Women on the Move Cross Canada Cycle Tour kicked off from the Pacific Spirit Regional Park , Vancouver , B.C. The purpose of the tour is to raise awareness and bring attention to family violence in Aboriginal communities and violence against Aboriginal women. The women who make up the cycling team -- Sheila Swasson, Donna Martin-Metallic, and Chi Metallic -- are from the Listuguj M'ikmaq First Nation in Quebec . They will cycle across Canada , travelling 7,049 kilometres, and end their trip in St. John's , Newfoundland , in mid-August. Their intended schedule is posted on their website, .

They will be in Saskatoon next week, on June 13 and 14. The events planned for them in Saskatoon are being coordinated by members of Iskwewuk E-Wichiwitochik, which means "women working together," a community group that aims to provide moral support to the families of missing Aboriginal women and to put an end to violence against Aboriginal women.

Premier Calvert, Mayor Atchison, MPs, MLAs, provincial Minister of Justice Quennel, FSNI chiefs, members from community support agencies and I have been invited to attend a public rally and barbecue on June 14.

Honourable senators, women are three times more likely than men to be injured by their spouse. One in 12 children have seen violent acts in their own homes. Violence against women occurs in every part of our society, regardless of ethnicity, culture, age, religion, or social or economic status. It is heartbreaking to note that young Aboriginal women are five times more likely than all other women in Canada to die as a result of violence.

Honourable senators, Sheila Swasson, Donna Martin-Metallic and Chi Metallic -- the Aboriginal Women on the Move -- have a dream: to break the cycle of violence in our communities. Please help them make it so by getting involved when they visit your community.

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