NWAC successfully completes the Evidence to Action II and looks forward to future projects addressing violence against Aboriginal women and girls

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April 30, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is celebrating today the successful conclusion of the Evidence to Action II (ETA II) project. The ETA II project was funded by the Status of Women Canada, with a budget of $1.89 M and operated between the periods of February 3, 2011 to April 30, 2014. The ETA II project was managed by the NWAC Violence Prevention and Safety department which receives 100% of their funding from the Status of Women Canada. The ETA II project grew out of the world renowned Sisters in Spirit Initiative (SIS) which ended in March 2010. The ETA II project represented the natural evolution of research and advocacy work generated by the SIS initiative through the development of tools and resources which served to meet the ETA II project objectives, which were to:

  • Strengthen the ability of communities, governments, educators and service providers to respond to issues that relate to the root causes of violence against Aboriginal women and girls, and;
  • Develop tools to support Aboriginal women, girls, families and communities to develop violence prevention strategies and respond to experiences of violence.

To undertake these objectives, seven key activities formed the ETA II project: SIS Vigils, Family Gatherings, Life Stories, Community Engagement Workshops, Community Resource Guide, a Clinical Tool and Knowledge Exchange. All project activity success indicators were successfully achieved and were exceeded in some cases. In total, it is estimated that approximately 58,553 individuals were directly engaged in the ETA II project, either through the SIS Vigils, the Community Engagement Workshops (example: Faceless Dolls), the Family Gatherings, and other activities.

“Today is bittersweet because although we have had these initiatives which were highly successful in raising the profile of Aboriginal women and the issue of violence and of the high rates of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls,” stated NWAC President Michèle Audette, “now that the ETA II project is over, we must lay off an entire team that has worked on violence prevention and who have the corporate memory.”

NWAC has submitted a new project proposal, Project PEACE to the Status of Women Canada. Project PEACE represents the best next step in moving forward in this field of work and we are excited to hear a positive response on this submission soon.

Project PEACE is designed to create safety nets for Aboriginal women and girls through Prevention, Education, Action, Change and Evaluation mechanisms. It will create a comprehensive tool, unlike any other in existence – that houses within one platform the processes to build the necessary safety nets for success for Aboriginal women and girls. The project proposes four key modules that respond to what has been learned throughout the SIS and ETA II projects, specifically professional development for service providers, engagement of Aboriginal women and girls, engagement of Aboriginal men and boys, and engagement of industry.

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 and Métis women within First Nations, Métis, and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca

14.04.30 NWAC Completes ETA II

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NWAC President Honored As Nation Builder By Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa

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April 29, 2014 Ottawa, ON – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) congratulates President Michèle Taïna Audette as recipient of the Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa Award, Listening to the Drumbeat: Recognizing our past and honouring our future with Aboriginal Women.

The Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa is honouring leading Canadian Aboriginal Women as Nation Builders on April 29th at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. The award is being bestowed upon President Audette as well as Allison Fisher, Executive Director of the Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health Ottawa, and Betty Ann Lavallee, National Chief of the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples.
The Mission Statement of the Famous 5 is to inspire Canadian women and girls to courageously lead change that contributes to a society without boundaries for women, in the spirit of the Famous Five, ‘Integrity, Courage, Initiative, Determination, and Equality form the basis of all we do’.

In Canada today, Aboriginal women face systemic inequality, racism, and sexism. This inequality is built upon the colonial legacy of the Canadian government, which undermined equality between Aboriginal men and women with the legalization of sexist and racist discrimination in successive pieces of legislation contained in the Indian Act. President Audette has been working to undo this discrimination and forward the rights of Aboriginal women across Canada.

Some of President Audette’s achievements to date have been raising the profile of key issues, such as women’s health, safe housing for Aboriginal women, and youth issues. She continues to represent Aboriginal women and push for more recognition and priority for their place on the political agenda in Canada.

President Michèle Taïna Audette follows in the footsteps of her mother, respected Innu activist Evelyne St-Onge, who inspired Audette to advocate on behalf of Aboriginal women and raise decision-makers’ awareness of the inequities of Aboriginal peoples. President Audette urges that “we must work together, leaders and governments, to manifest the realization of the aspirations and promise of a better future for Aboriginal women, the most disadvantaged group in Canada.” Education and economic security, safety, and skills and training will provide Aboriginal women with options and empower them to become leaders and vital parts of the communities in which they reside.

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 and Métis women within First Nation, Métis, and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.

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For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca

14.04.29 NWAC President honoured as Nation Builder by Enbridge Famous 5 Ottawa

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