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NWAC Delegates Elect A New President with Vision to Lead and Grow the Organization

September 14, 2019

(OTTAWA, ON) Today, during its Annual General Assembly, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) elected Lorraine Whitman as its new president.

Ms. Whitman served as president of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and has been a long-time advocate for Indigenous women’s rights. She has a deeply-rooted passion for health care and healing, and has spoken on many occasions about the seven sacred teachings and traditional values. Ms. Whitman spent 15 years as an elected councilor and an entrepreneur, operating a greenhouse business and coffee company.

“I am thrilled to take on this new and challenging role. I look forward to working with women at the grass roots level, from coast to coast to coast, on our priorities including the implementation of the Calls for Justice and the building of capacity of our Provincial & Territorial Member Associations,” Ms. Whitman said.

Yesterday, NWAC’s Board of Directors accepted the resignation of its former president, Francyne Joe who resigned as president effective September 11, 2019. Ms. Joe and NWAC have reached a mutually agreeable resolution that will allow Ms. Joe and NWAC to move forward and to continue their important work. Ms. Joe looks forward to continuing her efforts on behalf of Indigenous peoples and wishes NWAC, its members, and the Indigenous women they serve all the best in the future.

Also during yesterday’s meeting, the Board of Directors put their full support behind NWAC’s CEO and staff to continue to advocate, lobby, and work for the benefit of NWAC and its women of many nations.

CEO Lynne Groulx received a standing ovation from delegates attending the Assembly for her presentation that underlined the critical work she has done on the signing and implementation of the Canada / NWAC Accord and her work on NWAC’s Social and Cultural Innovation and Resiliency Centres. Ms. Groulx’s accomplishments also include the development of the partnerships she has made nationally and internationally, developing strategic relationships with other Indigenous women’s groups around the world and united nations human rights advocates.

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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.