VICTORIA – Premier Christy Clark and Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation Minister John Rustad joined Aboriginal leaders today to sign a memorandum of understanding that confirms their shared commitment to end violence against Aboriginal women and girls.“We have a responsibility to create a world where all Aboriginal people can live without fear,” said Premier Clark. “I’d like to thank all the leaders and members of the Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women who have worked so tirelessly to take this step forward today. This MOU demonstrates that government and Aboriginal organizations are working together to take positive actions to stop violence against Aboriginal women and girls wherever it occurs.”

The MOU signing was hosted by the First Nations Summit, and the Premier and Rustad were joined by representatives of the Summit, BC Assembly of First Nations, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Metis Nation British Columbia, as well as members of the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women (MACAW) and representatives of First Nations and Aboriginal organizations from throughout B.C.