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We’re Done Asking, We’re Voting: NWAC launches get out the vote campaign for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people

August 23, 2021

OTTAWA - In response to the Prime Minister’s announcement of the upcoming Canadian federal election, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is launching its get out the vote campaign, “We’re done asking, we’re voting.” The campaign seeks to activate Indigenous women from coast to coast to coast to get to the polls and have their voices heard.

“Indigenous women have waited long enough for the government of Canada to make our issues a priority,” says NWAC CEO, Lynne Groulx. “This election, we’re done asking, we’re voting. When political parties see us show up at the polls, they are going to have to start listening and taking action.”

With the discoveries of the unmarked graves at residential schools, Canadians are finally realizing the scale of the genocide that took place not long ago against Indigenous people. The effects of that genocide are still impacting Indigenous women, girls, gender-diverse people, and their communities today.

“Canada’s electoral system is a system of Western colonization, but it’s the system we have. The only way to make change, to get to self-determination, to protect our communities and the land, is to make sure our voices are represented in Parliament,” says Groulx. “The way to do that is to exercise our human right, the right to vote.”

Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people are a marginalized group, facing high levels of murder, trafficking, abuse, poverty, displacement, and mental illness, yet the Canadian government continues to do little to support these communities, promote well-being, or take their perspectives into consideration. As the traditional knowledge keepers of their communities, Indigenous women have a lot to offer on some of the biggest issues of the day such as climate change, health and well-being, and reconciliation.

NWAC will be providing resources, workshops, and a comprehensive voter guide, to make sure everyone knows when, where, and how to vote in this federal election. Once all party platforms are released, NWAC will be grading the different parties on their responses to important Indigenous women’s issues, the results of which will be available at nwac.ca.


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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.