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We are a national Indigenous organization representing political voices of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations—on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. We were founded on a collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women in their respective communities and Canadian societies.
The past year will stand out as one of incredible achievements in the history of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). We have set up a beautiful new headquarters. We have expanded our team and our scope of work. And, we have grown in stature nationally and internationally.
The latest edition of NWAC’s e-newsletter, Shining the Spotlight, is here! Each month, we highlight significant achievements undertaken by each of our departments.
The time has come for the Indian Act to be repealed, and replaced with agreements and laws consistent with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, and the rights, traditions, customs and procedures of Indigenous Peoples.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) and Sephora Canada are pleased to announce findings of a first-of-its-kind roundtable conversation about Indigenous beauty, which was held in October 2021. The roundtable resulted in a historic conversation to support decolonizing beauty standards and uplifting Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQAI+ people, who told us they want a more inclusive, equitable, and representative beauty industry reflective of true diversity of Indigenous communities across Canada.
The latest issue of our e-zine, Kci-Niwesq, is now out! In this edition we explore how the Indigenous Artisan Women’s Business Network has helped to strengthen skills and provide opportunities for economic growth for Indigenous artisans. We speak with a number of Canada’s leading Indigenous women and 2SLGBTQQAI+ artisans. And, looking beyond the art, we shed light on how creativity has been therapeutic in healing from past trauma.
It has been a year since the federal government released its National Action Plan to address the 231 Calls for Justice for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQAI+ people (MMIWG2S+). It has also been a year since the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) released its own plan: Our Calls, Our Actions, for tackling violence. NWAC assessed progress made over the past 12 months toward implementation of both of those plans. This is what we found.
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