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NWAC Raises Concerns over Greyhound Service Suspension – NetNewsLedger

11 July 2018

OTTAWA – NEWS – The decision announced by Greyhound Canada to suspend all routes west of Sudbury on October 31, 2018 has The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is deeply concerned for the safety of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people. NWAC says “With the cancellation of the bus service, there are little to no alternatives for safe, affordable and reliable transportation in and out of northern communities”.

“Indigenous women and communities have previously expressed access concerns through surveys and public engagement with NWAC. Significant concerns already exist with a lack of reliable and affordable transportation. There are fears that the Greyhound service cancellations will further negatively affect Indigenous communities’ access to economic, political, health, and social services in a profound way”.

This is especially true for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people with disabilities, functional, and activity limitations as Greyhound are one of the few transportation methods servicing northern communities, which has accessible travel options. NWAC published a report in April 2018 titled “Accessibility and Disability for Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People.’ This report details barriers that impede the ability to move freely in northern and urban communities.

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