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A Statement From NWAC President Carol McBride for National Indigenous History Month

June 2, 2023

“June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada—an opportunity to learn about the unique cultures, traditions and experiences of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. It's a time to honour the stories, achievements and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on this land since time immemorial.

Strong advocacy from representatives of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities led to the creation of the official National Indigenous History Month in 2009.

It is crucial that non-Indigenous members of our community make sustained efforts to learn about Indigenous histories, cultures, and protocols.

We need to build on this progress. The ongoing work of reconciliation requires all of us to work from a foundation of shared knowledge and understanding—together.

As a community, we can be proud of the work we are doing to expand Indigenous spaces on our traditional territories; to welcome more Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples to integrate Indigenous ways of knowing and being more deeply into our understandings. For example, I lead by the Seven Grandfather Teachings. I encourage everyone to explore those teachings.

We have tools to help us ensure that our rights are upheld, such as the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP); the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s (TRC) 94 Calls to Action ; and the 231 Calls For Justice of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) . It is time for implementation. We must remember this during National Indigenous History Month. It is a time for learning about, reflecting, appreciating and acknowledging the contributions First Nations, Inuit and Métis people continue to make. .

June is about appreciating Indigenous history, diversity, and experiences with our unique cultural perspectives, as self-determining peoples.”

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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.