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NWAC Condemns Ontario Government’s Decision to Debate Existence of Gender Spectrum

Ottawa, ON – On November 20, 2018, NWAC remembers and honours the Two-Spirit, Trans, and non-binary Indigenous people victimized and killed as a result of transphobic and racial violence. In this spirit, we condemn the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s recent resolution to debate the existence of the gender spectrum. These people are loved, valued, and their existence and worth cannot be voted on or debated.

Different forms of violence are too common in the lives of Indigenous Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ individuals. Marginalization and systemic discrimination have reduced both the availability and accessibility of supports and services, meaning Indigenous people who are Trans also face additional obstacles to accessing basic services such as healthcare, housing, and employment. This is particularly true for Indigenous youth.

In the face of transphobic and colonial violence, Trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary Indigenous folk have demonstrated incredible strength and resilience. They are leaders, healers, and crucial parts of our communities. It is essential they can safely access services, participate in ceremony, and are present at decision-making tables impacting their lives, not erased.

NWAC recently committed to building stronger and more responsive relationships with the Trans, non-binary, and queer-identifying Indigenous people we represent. We recognize by not responding to the gender diversity within our community, we risk replicating their oppression and erasure.

On this day of remembrance, we express our renewed solidarity to these communities and re-state our commitment to being respectful and accountable advocates in this work.


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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.