Press Release

NWAC hosted side event at the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women.

Ottawa, ON- Today marks the beginning of the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN headquarters in New York. Global leaders, non-profit organizations, UN member states and activists from around the world gather to discuss the rights and empowerment of women and girls. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is attending to represent the distinct perspectives of Indigenous women across Canada.

NWAC hosted a side event today titled, “Empowering Indigenous Women in Canada” to discuss violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, employment development, access to supports and best practices, and gaps in services.

NWAC Executive Director Lynne Groulx identified an urgent need for healing services in Canada stemming from colonialism and different forms of inter-generational traumas noting survivors are in acute need of culturally appropriate services.

In Canada, systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism continue to hinder equal access to basic infrastructure, public services and social supports for Indigenous women and girls. Many of our communities do not have access to clean water, transportation, equitable healthcare, safe housing, and essential services. Yet, many view Canada as a global leader for human rights.

In 2019, there is no excuse for these ongoing inequities. Indigenous women must be at all decision-making tables on all issues affecting our lives. It’s time Indigenous women lead the change.

NWAC looks forward to connecting with other organizations, leaders, and activists advocating for women’s rights and gender equality globally throughout the week. We must surpass colonial boarders to form an international alliance of Indigenous women and strengthen the international alliance of all women to make gender equality a reality.


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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 political voices of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people in Canada. NWAC is inclusive of First Nations—on- and off-reserve, status, non-status, and disenfranchised—Inuit, and Métis. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on a collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people within their respective communities and Canadian 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.