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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a national Indigenous organization representing political voices of Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse+ (WG2STGD+) People in Canada. NWAC is inclusive of First Nations—on- and off-reserve, status, non-status, and disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on a collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous WG2STGD+ 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.
Advocate for and inspire women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and the families of many Indigenous nations.
We envision an inclusive world that understands and respects the diversity and uniqueness of all Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, and families.
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, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people, as well as who they are.
We seek to broaden Knowledge of issues affecting Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ 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.
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:
NWAC’s objectives, or principles, are as follows:
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.
152 Main Street
Fredericton, NB E3A 1C8
312 Sweetgrass Trail
(PO Box 145)
Lennox Island, PEIC0B 1P0
902-831-3059 Ext 228, 902 888-7479
902-831-3059 Ext 228, 902 888-7479
Laura Bernard, ED
2 Herald Ave, Suite 210
Millbrook Mall, Corner Brook, NL A2H 4B5
Cathy Halbot, CEO
52 Martin Crescent
Truro, NS B2N 6N7
Annie Gibbit Stevens
109 Burnside Dr.
Kirkland Lake, ON P2N 3P9
Bertha Cormier, ED
301-286 Smith St,
Winnipeg, MB R3C 1K4
Shannon Hoskie, ED
Angelina Patricia Perea Rodallega
274 Eaton Crescent Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7V 0H4
Edmonton, AB T5S 1S7
Main: 780-479– 8195
Rachelle Venne, CEO
Kamloops, BC V2B 1C1
407 Black Street Whitehorse, YT Y1A 2N2
Main: 867-667-6162, 866-667-6162
P.O. Box 2321
Yellowknife, NT X1A 2P7
736 Iglulik Drive
Iqaluit, NU, X0A 0H0
Main: 867-979-5357, 800-263-1452
Victoria Perron, Administrator