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NWAC Sharing Knowledge in Bolivia, South America

February 26, 2018

OTTAWA – ON - The Native Women’s Association of Canada has accepted an invitation to visit South America to share experiences and best practices with Indigenous women in Bolivia. Executive Director of NWAC, Lynne Groulx will provide her profound insights, passion for Indigenous women’s rights and knowledge with local organizations in the capital city of La Paz.

The Political Affairs section of the Canadian Embassy has been working with Indigenous women’s groups in this region of South America regarding women’s issues. Following consultations and input, there was a strong desire to foster cooperation and exchange knowledge and experiences from Indigenous women in Canada. Executive Director Lynne Groulx stated, “This is an opportunity to provide a broader understanding, share NWAC success stories and offer tools that will be of great value to Indigenous women in leadership in Bolivia. This is a unique opportunity to bring Indigenous women from two different parts of the world together to share knowledge and experiences based on similar forms of injustice and inequities.”

During this mission, Executive Director Lynne Groulx will facilitate several presentations and consultations on Indigenous women in leadership, building the capacity of women’s organizations, engaging with government officials and combatting discrimination and violence against women. The international visit began Sunday, February 25th and will continue through February 28th. Groulx added, “Given the mandate of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, it will be an honour to confront these issues and initiate change for Indigenous women in Bolivia.”

NWAC will also travel to Brazil, South America at the end of March 2018 to provide Indigenous women leaders in Brazil with advocacy tools as it relates to the psychological and physical well being of Indigenous women.

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.


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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.