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NWAC Mourns the Passing of Ann Batisse

Ottawa, ON, March 23, 2020 – On behalf of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Board, staff and management would like to offer prayers and condolences to the family of Ann Batisse.

Ann brought over 20 years of experience to her profession as a life coach and mentor with a specialty in Indigenous mentoring, job readiness training, and program and proposal development. She has held senior management positions in aboriginal/Native American organizations, including executive director of NWAC’s Ontario Member Association; founder of the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group; and Board and Council member of the Matachewan First Nation Band and Economic Development Councils.

“Ann was a long-time advocate of Indigenous women’s rights. As a life coach and mentor, she offered wisdom and support to Indigenous women, girls and youth, helping them attain their personal, employment and career goals. She also had a specific interest in developing and providing culturally specific, community-based programs and services,” stated NWAC President, Lorraine Whitman. “We will all miss her terribly.”

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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.