About Us

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is 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. NWAC is inclusive of First Nations—on- and off-reserve, status, non-status, and disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. As a grassroots association guided by Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on a 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 in their respective communities and Canadian societies.

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Since 1974, NWAC has established strong and lasting governance structures, decision-making processes, financial policies and procedures, and networks, to achieve its overall mission, vision, and goals. Today, NWAC engages in national and international advocacy aimed at legislative and policy reforms to promote equality for Indigenous WG2STGD+ and LGBTQQIA+ People. Through advocacy, policy, and legislative analysis, NWAC works to preserve Indigenous culture and advance the wellbeing of all Indigenous WG2STGD+ People, as well as their families and communities.

NWAC works on a variety of issues, including: Employment, labour and business, health, violence prevention and safety, justice and human rights, environment, early learning childcare, and international affairs.

NWAC provides support much like a “Grandmother’s Lodge.” We—as aunties, mothers, sisters, brothers, and relatives—collectively recognize, respect, promote, defend, and enhance our Indigenous ancestral laws, spiritual beliefs, language, and Traditions provided by the Creator.

 
 

Mission

Advocate for and inspire Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people, and the families of many Indigenous nations.

Vision

We envision an inclusive world that understands and respects the diversity and uniqueness of all Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people, and families.

Elements of Vision

We envision Indigenous communities where all individuals have an opportunity to develop their talents to achieve their full potential.

We envision communities where all people can lead healthy lifestyles by maintaining balance in their spiritual, emotional, mental, and physical health.

We envision communities that build a sense of pride and a strong identification of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people, as well as who they are.

We seek to broaden Knowledge of issues affecting Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people, and their relationships with the environment and the land.

We see communities where all our people have an opportunity to learn our history and Traditional Ways, while attaining a high level of academic education.

We envision Indigenous children who are proud of who they are, and comfortable in a predominantly non-Indigenous environment.

We see communities where all Indigenous Peoples understand, respect, and embrace diversities and uniqueness of all Indigenous nations, while actively accepting and exercising their responsibilities in contributing to strong communities.

We see communities working in unity with all other Indigenous organizations to strengthen, and maintain, Indigenous and treaty rights, as well as assume responsibility in selecting leaders.

Finally, we see Indigenous communities with authority to determine how natural resources are utilized, and that can coexist in cooperation with society–free of racism and discrimination.

Strategic Goals

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) strives to achieve its strategic goals and objectives by overcoming risks and challenges to harness opportunities that build on strengths. We accomplish this by:

  1. Building a strong, resilient organization, through internal capacity building.
  2. Being a full and equal participant on key issues of relevance to Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people, and their families.
  3. Increasing communication and resource capacities of all Provincial and Territorial Member Associations (PTMAs).
  4. Building leadership capacity for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.

Guiding Principles

NWAC’s guiding principles, are as follows:

  • To be the national voice for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.
  • To address issues in a manner that reflects changing needs of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in Canada.
  • To assist and promote common goals of self-determination and self-sufficiency for Indigenous Peoples in roles of mothers and leaders.
  • To promote equal opportunities for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people in all programs and activities.
  • To serve as a resource among our constituents and Indigenous communities.
  • To cultivate and teach characteristics that are unique to our cultural and historical Traditions.
  • To assist Indigenous women’s organizations, as well as community initiatives, in the development of local projects.
  • To advance issues and concerns of Indigenous women, bringing together Indigenous organizations with common goals.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors holds responsibility for the overall governance of NWAC. It passes all resolutions with regard to new initiatives undertaken by NWAC personnel and its members. The Board meets on a regular basis to evaluate, review, and provide direction to the president, PTMAs, and administrative staff.

 

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Provincial/Territorial Member Associations

152 Main Street

Fredericton, NB E3A 1C8

Main: 506-206-8220


President

Amy Sock

amy.sock@efnbo.ca

506-523-3826


NWAC BOD Representatives

Amy Sock

amy.sock@efnbo.ca

506-523-3826


Vice-President

Constance Sewell

sewellconstance@gmail.com

506-226-1629


Youth

Rachel Blowers

rblowers31@gmail.com

(506) 471-1783

4902-50th Avenue

P.O. Box 2321

Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7

Main: 867-873-5509


President

Grace Blake

glblake@outlook.com

867-446-0698


NWAC BOD Representatives

Grace Blake

glblake@outlook.com

867-446-0698


Vice-President

Brenda Gauthier

bgauthier@northwestel.net

867-872-0526


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Agatha Laboucan

exdirector@nativewomens.com

867-873-5509


Youth

Jody Zoe

jody_zoe@hotmail.com

867-688-5255

18104-102 Avenue

Edmonton, AB T5S 1S7

Main: 780-479– 8195


President

Josie Nepinak

jnepinak@hotmail.com

825 454-0700


NWAC BOD Representatives

Josie Nepinak

jnepinak@hotmail.com

825 454-0700


Vice-President

Marggo Pariseau

mpariseau@iaaw.ca

780-244-8307, 780-935-8747


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Rachelle Venne, CEO

rvenne@iaaw.ca

780-965-3215


Youth

Erica Gladue

egladue@iaaw.ca

780-264-2951

274 Eaton Crescent Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7V 0H4

Main: 306-481-4522


President

Linda Campbell

campbelllinda07@gmail.com

306-481-4522


NWAC BOD Representatives

Linda Campbell

campbelllinda07@gmail.com

306-481-4522


Youth

Rebekka Renneberg

Rebekkarenneberg1999@gmail.com

306-328-7250

312 Sweetgrass Trail

(PO Box 145)

Lennox Island, PEIC0B 1P0

Main:1-902-831-3059, 1-888-973-4292


President

Matilda Ramjattan

president@awapei.ca

whw@awapei.ca

902-831-3059 Ext 228, 902 888-7479


NWAC BOD Representatives

Matilda Ramjattan

president@awapei.ca

whw@awapei.ca

902-831-3059 Ext 228, 902 888-7479


Vice-President

Kristin Lewis

vicepresident@awapei.ca

902-831-3059


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Laura Bernard, ED

lbernard@awapei.ca

902-831-3059


Youth

Amber Thomas

youth@awapei.ca

752-324-0933

2 Herald Ave, Suite 210

Millbrook Mall, Corner Brook, NL A2H 4B5

Main: (709)-632-3700


President

Cathy Halbot

info@nnwa.ca

709-632-3700


NWAC BOD Representatives

Cathy Halbot

info@nnwa.ca

709-632-3700


Vice-President

Brittany Payne

info@nnwa.ca

709-632-3700


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Cathy Halbot, CEO

info@nnwa.ca

709-632-3700


Youth

Brooke Blanchard

info@nnwa.ca

709-632-3700

52 Martin Crescent

Truro, NS B2N 6N7

Main: 902-893-7402


President

Bernadette Marshall

president@nsnwa.net

Mobile: 902-324-9600


NWAC BOD Representatives

Bernadette Marshall

president@nsnwa.net

Mobile: 902-324-9600


Vice-President

Annie Gibbit Stevens

gibbit@eskasoi.ca, vice2@nsnwa.net

902-565-4297, 902-379-2800


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Dawn McDonald

Tripartite@nsnwa.net

902-750-0878


Youth

Karina Matthews-Denny

secretary@nsnwa.net

902-304-8428

301-286 Smith St,

Winnipeg, MB R3C 1K4

Main: 204-942-1828


President

Melissa Critch

melcritch@hotmail.com

204-960-0020


NWAC BOD Representatives

Melissa Critch

melcritch@hotmail.com

204-960-0020


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Shannon Hoskie, ED

shoskie@mmvi.ca

204-942-1828


Youth

Angelina Patricia Perea Rodallega

Angelina.Perea@hotmail.com

204-899-3742

144 Briar Ave

Kamloops, BC V2B 1C1

Main: 250-554-4556


President

Gena Edwards

president@bcnwa.org

250-318-4673


NWAC BOD Representatives

Gena Edwards

president@bcnwa.org

250-318-4673


Vice-President

Lynn Kenoras-Duckchief

vicepresident@bcnwa.org

250-318-1158


Youth

Natalie Sterling-Moses

sterlingraven14@gmail.com

250-315-3411

407 Black Street Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2N2

Main: 867-667-6162, 866-667-6162


President

Terri Szabo

tszaboyawc@outlook.com

867-689-1149


NWAC BOD Representatives

Terri Szabo

tszaboyawc@outlook.com

867-689-1149


Vice-President

Lorraine O’Brien

lorraine.obrien@Iscfn.ca

867-385-1996


Youth

Katelyne Magun-Wolftail

kittymagun@live.ca

867-689-2948

736 Iglulik Drive

Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0

Main: 867-979-5357, 800-263-1452


President

Madeleine Redfern

Madeleine.redfern@gmail.com

867-979-1167


NWAC BOD Representatives

Jasmine Redfern

redfern.jasmine@gmail.com

867-979-1167


Vice-President

Tara Tootoo-Fotheringham

info@amautiit.ca

867-979-5357


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Victoria Perron, Administrator

perron.victoria@gmail.com, admin@amautiit.ca

867-223-4536


Youth

Ningeolaa Killiktee

ningkilliktee@yahoo.com

867-523-0106

109 Burnside Dr.

Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P9

Main: 855-647-7874


President

Darlene Bowen

d.bowen@keepersofthecircle.com

705-622-6026


NWAC BOD Representatives

Darlene Bowen

d.bowen@keepersofthecircle.com

705-622-6026


Vice-President

Rollie Allaire

r.allaire@keepersofthecircle.com

705-303-0248


CEO, Executive Director & Office Managers

Bertha Cormier, ED

bcormier@keepersofthecircle.com

855-647-7874


Youth

Haydan Doherty-Fox

dohertyfoxhaydan@gmail.com

705-570-0742