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NWAC Addresses Premiers at Council of the Federation

The Native Women’s Association of Canada addressed the Premiers of Canada’s provinces today in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick. President Francyne Joe delivered a message of collaboration, inclusion and reconciliation on behalf of First Nation, Métis and Inuit women of many Nations.

For 45 years, NWAC has been advocating for the rights of Indigenous women. We remain at the forefront of human rights work in Canada and at the international level. Our focus is in the promotion of equality, human rights, education, health care, violence prevention and safety for all Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people. As a National Indigenous Organization with with a gender specific focus, we work to enhance the lives and well-being of Indigenous women from coast to coast to coast.

President Francyne Joe stated, “NWAC is in New Brunswick today to share with provincial leaders, the importance of Indigenous women’s self-determination as rights holders, language transmitters, mothers, grandmothers, and aunties.”

NWAC wishes to build stronger partnerships and relationships with the premiers and provinces to ensure Indigenous women are included in collaboration. President Joe added, “NWAC’s appearance at the Premiers conference has nothing to do about politics and everything to do with improving the conditions for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people.”

The well-being and advancement of all Indigenous peoples rests on the strength and safety of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people. The valued inclusion of Indigenous women’s voices as an equal in all conversation and consultation will be the pathway to true reconciliation.

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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.