Through our social development work, NWAC:
- educates the people we represent on current-day inequities
- engages in research that supports the well-being of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, and gender-diverse people
- protects Indigenous knowledge and promotes the transfer of knowledge to new generations
- offers a network of healing and connection as well as safe places for healing, to reduce violence against Indigenous women and children
NWAC’s social development team marked Truth and Reconciliation Day and Orange Shirt Day, on September 30, through a story-telling event and the sharing of factual recorded evidence of the crimes against Indigenous families and children. The event, held in the new Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation Centre, was impactful.
Irene Goodwin, NWAC’s Director of Evidence to Action, oversaw an art exhibit that focused on the dark side of the residential school system—taking Indigenous children away from their parents. The harm caused by this system continues to impact Indigenous families and communities.
For the language project, the team has developed Indigenous language cards in Michif (language of the Métis), Inuktitut (language of the Inuit), and various languages spoked by members of the Algonquin people) for business, clients, and public. The cards are available at NWAC’s headquarters, the Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation Centre. Many people are also signing up for our online live language sessions.
Over the fall months, we will continue to roll out videos and other resources, create displays, and promote the range of opportunities that are available on these Indigenous languages.
We are looking forward to conducting winter solstice activities and pipe ceremonies in November.