We are a National Indigenous Organization that defends the rights, delivers programming to, and amplifies the perspectives of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations – on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised – Métis, and Inuit. We were founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people within their respective communities and Canadian societies.

 

The Native Women's Association of Canada’s Café Bouleau celebrates Indigenous culture with the best of Indigenous coffee, food and art. This enterprise actively brings a community together to create a one-of-a-kind vibrant cultural experience.

 

Add an unforgettable Indigenous cultural experience to your next meeting or event by booking at the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s state-of-the-art Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation Centre.

 

Make holiday shopping meaningful this year! When you purchase a gift for that special someone at Artisanelle, you also give the gift of opportunity to an Indigenous artisan. Shop on-line today!

 

The latest edition of NWAC’s e-newsletter, Shining the Spotlight, is here! In this publication, you will read about some of our national and international initiatives.

 

Welcome to the twenty-third edition of Kci-Niwesq, the magazine of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).
In these pages, we take a look at the human rights catastrophe being perpetuated by the over-incarceration of Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people in Canada.

 

Rent a meeting space, eat at Cafe Bouleau, visit Artisanelle Boutique for hand-crafted products or purchase a unique Indigenous piece of art.

NWAC’s social entrepreneurship ventures support the well-being of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender diverse people.

 

NWAC recently visited Guatemala on a relationship building mission to foster economic growth for Indigenous Peoples across both countries.

 

At NWAC, we are committed to strengthening our international relationships by advocating for the rights of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people world-wide. Learn more about how we advocate for human rights on a global stage and engage with countries around the world to help their economic development and empowerment.

 

NWAC is collaborating with The Trust for the Americas and the Organization of American States (OAS) as the first Canadian partner to offer training under the POETA DigiSpark program. This initiative aims to empower Indigenous WG2STGD people with digital skills, leading to job prospects and entrepreneurship opportunities in the tech sector.

 

The annual scorecards for 2023 have been released, in advance of the June 3 anniversary of the release of the two national action plans, dating back to 2021, in response to the National Inquiry’s 231 Calls for Justice.The results this year provide a stark picture of the government’s progress in addressing the safety needs of Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse+ Peoples.

 

It's hard to accept, but not up for debate. There's been a genocide against Indigenous people in Canada. This Indigenous History Month we're asking the government to include the true history of Canada in high school curriculums. You can help us by sending a letter to the government demanding change at teachthegenocide.ca.

 

Safe Passage is a community-driven, trauma-informed, and survivor centered initiative that tracks cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, transgender, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S+), monitors ongoing safety concerns, provides distinctions-based safety resources, educates the public and media about the MMIWG2S+ genocide, and honours our stolen loved ones.

 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada now offers two more ways – an online and in-person library – for Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Gender-Diverse+ People and others to access knowledge on Indigenous cultures, languages, and community data on topics like MMIWG2S+ and beyond. 

 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s National Apprenticeships Program connects Indigenous Women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people with paid apprenticeship opportunities in the trades. Kick-start your career as you gain experience in some of Canada’s most in-demand fields.

 

NWAC has had an incredibly busy year – a good sign as we advocate for a world that respects the objectives of reconciliation, the theme of this year’s Annual General Assembly.

 

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