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NWAC Statement of Support – Bill C-262

NWAC supports Bill C-262, An Act to ensure that the laws of Canada are in harmony with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is an invaluable human rights instrument that specifically identifies the rights and socioeconomic prosperity of Indigenous women as key to the survival and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples worldwide. NWAC is particularly pleased to see that the Bill requires that a national action plan for implementing the Declaration be developed in consultation and cooperation with Indigenous peoples, and looks forward to being meaningfully engaged on UNDRIP’s applications to Canadian legislation impacting Indigenous women, girls, and Two-Spirited individuals.

“Our women deserve to be free from violence and discrimination. This right is enshrined in our constitution, but is specifically identified in UNDRIP as necessary to the revitalization and preservation of our cultures and communities. NWAC has worked towards this common goal for decades, and is pleased to see legislation that explicitly prioritizes Indigenous women’s empowerment and an end to this discrimination.” – President Francyne Joe


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Lynne Groulx, Executive Director
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About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.