FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: CUPE ‘Rock for Public Services’ draws more than 7,000 attendees, raises over $12K for NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit project

 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

CUPE Rock for Public Services draws more than 7,000 attendees, raises over $12K for NWAC’s Sisters in Spirit project

 

 
(November 17, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is thrilled to announce that CUPE’s ‘Rock for Public Services’ benefit concert on Saturday, November 14 was a roaring success. More than 7,000 people joined NWAC at TD Place stadium for an excellent performance featuring Amanda Rheaume, Matt Mays and Sam Roberts Band in support of our Sisters in Spirit initiative.

‘Rock for Public Services’ is a presentation of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 503 and CUPE Ontario, serving as a fundraiser while also celebrating the efforts of municipal workers and health care workers in the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

NWAC wishes to extend special thanks to the Honourable Justice Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (part of a comprehensive response to the Indian Residential School legacy), who took time out of his busy schedule to join us for this event. Likewise, NWAC wishes to extend Chi-Miigwetch to Elder Irene Lindsay for joining us and for providing the opening prayer.

NWAC also wishes to thank CUPE Local 503 President Brian Madden and Wil Kelly, Health and Safety Coordinator for Local 503, for their incredibly hard work and generous support.

A grand total of $12, 246.72 was collected on Saturday from the many generous donors in attendance –including a $5,000.00 donation from Jewitt McLuckie & Associates of Ottawa.

Claudette Dumont-Smith, Executive Director of NWAC, says she is overjoyed by the outpouring of love and respect shown to Aboriginal women throughout this event. “I am so humbled by the compassion shown to our cause and our people this evening,” she said. “I look forward to keeping this important conversation going. This was a true example of reconciliation.”

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. To make a donation to NWAC, please visit nwac.ca.

 

 

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For more information or for media inquiries:

Jenn Jefferys
Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor. Ottawa, ON. K1N 7B7
+1 613-656-3016   |   jjefferys@nwac.ca

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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS: THE ABORIGINAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP NETWORK MENTORS

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

THE ABORIGINAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP NETWORK MENTORS

 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), through the Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Network (AWBEN) program invites interested and established women entrepreneurs to serve as a Mentor for Métis, Status and Non-Status women interested in starting their own business.  Mentors will be selected from 6 regions across Canada.

 

The objectives of AWBEN are to:

 

  • provide a safe, supportive, collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the challenges of female Aboriginal entrepreneurs and those that aspire to become entrepreneurs
  • enhance, develop and accelerate growth for current and aspiring female entrepreneurs in a sustainable way through programs and resources
  • promote community leadership through volunteerism as a reflection of respect and reciprocity

 

SCOPE OF WORK

 

6 Mentors from different regions across Canada will offer guidance and support by sharing their experience and knowledge, act as a sounding board, help find appropriate resources, build confidence in women and help mentees focus on developing or growing their businesses.  Mentors will have the ability to encourage all members to participate actively in the group and the skills to facilitate balanced sharing between group members.

 

The successful Mentors will:

 

  1. Collaborate with NWAC to recruit 10 Métis, Status and Non-Status women interested in starting their own business.
  2. Plan, organize and facilitate 10 (2.5 hour) sharing circle mentoring engagements where businesses will explore and test a social innovation/enterprise component. Entrepreneurs will learn an efficient process for testing their ideas, reducing risk and confirming/ denying market viability.
  3. Identify 2 women to be considered as a participant in a 4 day Boot Camp and a 1 day AWBEN conference at the end of February 2016.
  4. Mentors will be required to participate and facilitate a workshop at a 4 day Boot Camp for 12 Aboriginal women at the end of February 2016.
  5. Mentors will be required to participate and facilitate a workshop at a 1 day AWBEN Conference following the 4 day Boot Camp with 80 Aboriginal women.
  6. Provide an up to date Criminal Record Check.

 

TIMEFRAME

 

This is a short term contract with the work will be completed from December 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016.

 

RENUMERATION

 

A preliminary budget for this project has been established.  The total contract award is $8000 inclusive of GST.

 

PROPOSAL SUBMISSIONS

 

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Mentor with the Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Network.  Proposals from applicants with Aboriginal ancestry are preferred however all applicants will be considered.  Your contact information will be kept on file for future mentorship opportunities.

 

The proposals should be submitted electronically to:

Jane Luhtasaari, Economic Development Officer

Identify the following in the Subject Line: AWBEN Mentorship Proposal + Name of proponent

jluhtasaari@nwac.ca

613-656-3030

Proposals will be accepted until Friday November 27, 2015.

 

 

 

 

Please complete the following information and questions below:

Name:            

Title:

Company:

Email:

Telephone:

Website:

Identify Your Top 3 Areas of Expertise:

Cashflow and/or budgeting, Marketing and/or Promotion, Networking, Organization and Administrative Skills, Sales Strategies & Tactics, Strategic Planning for Business Growth, Understanding Legal Documents, Understanding Financial Documents, Understanding Regulations, Satisfaction and Work/Life Balance, Other – please describe.

 

QUESTIONS

 

  1. Please provide a description of your business. (150 words or less)
  2. Have you been a business mentor previously? If so, please briefly describe how you supported your mentee(s) and what are the outcomes of your mentorship?
  3. Briefly describe 2 areas where you can mentor a mentee.
  4. Do you have a network of existing and aspiring entrepreneurs who are Aboriginal women? If so, please briefly describe. (150 words or less)
  5. Briefly identify what kind of business workshops you have facilitated. (150 words)
  6. For Statistical reasons, please identify if you are Aboriginal or Non-Aboriginal
  7. Please use this space to provide any additional information you would like included to help guide the selection of Mentors.  (150 words or less)

 

Please attach copy of your current résumé or CV and Biography

 

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Native Women’s Association of Canada Marks Remembrance Day 2015

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Native Women’s Association of Canada Marks Remembrance Day 2015

 

(November 11, 2015) (Ottawa, ON) ― The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) seeks to express our deepest gratitude for our indigenous brothers and sisters who gave of themselves the ultimate sacrifice, both voluntarily and involuntarily, throughout Canadian history. NWAC is also grateful to all those who continue to serve in our Canadian Armed Forces from coast to coast to coast.

This November 11th, NWAC will honour the lives of our brave indigenous women and men in uniform through the presentation of a commemorative wreath at the Canadian National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa.

President of NWAC, Dawn Lavell Harvard, Ph.D., expresses her sincere appreciation for the service and sacrifice of our Canadian indigenous heroes who serve, and have served, in Canada’s military.

“I am grateful to all of our brave women and men in uniform – past and present,” says Lavell Harvard. “If it weren’t for their bravery, Canada would not be the Nation it has become today. Today, indigenous peoples stand with all Canadians, Nation-to-Nation, and looks to the future with optimism.”

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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Media contact: Jenn Jefferys
Communications Officer
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
+1 613-656-3016
jjefferys@nwac.ca

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CUPE Rock For Public Services

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is delighted to announce that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which is Canada’s largest union with over 633,000 members from across the country, will be holding it’s annual ‘Rock for Public Services,’ concert on November 14, 2015 at the TD Place in Ottawa. This year, CUPE has designated NWAC as the recipient for funds collected from people who attend this ‘free’ concert by way of their donations.

This annual concert is organized by CUPE to acknowledge the public service employees working in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Appearing at the concert will be some of Canada’s greatest musicians and singers such as the Sam Roberts Band, Matt Mays and Amanda Rheaume.

“NWAC is very grateful that CUPE is supportive of NWAC and of the work we do for our Sisters in Spirit and wishes to thank the organizers and performers who will make this event a great success and an unforgettable evening for many,” stated NWAC president Dawn Lavell Harvard.

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.

For more information on this event, please see the poster below or contact Tania Dube at tdube@nwac.ca.

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NWAC Congratulates the Newly Formed Government

PRESS RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

November 5, 2015, Ottawa, ON – On November 4th, President Dawn Lavell Harvard had the honour and pleasure to attend the swearing-in ceremony of Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, as well as the newly selected Cabinet Ministers at Rideau Hall.  Attendance at this celebratory event was the first step towards forging a renewed and mutually beneficial relationship with the Government of Canada’s officials to address issues specific to Indigenous women.

“I would like to congratulate all the Members of Prime Minister Trudeau’s Cabinet.  I am especially pleased to see the gender balance as well as the diversity of the Cabinet Members.  I wish to acknowledge the appointment of Jodie Wilson Raybould, a First Nations woman who was named as Minister of Justice and all other women who have been given Cabinet posts and in particular Dr. Carolyn Bennett who was appointed as the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.  I look forward to working with all Members of the Cabinet to improve the living conditions of Indigenous women in Canada,” stated President Lavell Harvard.

NWAC would also like to acknowledge and thank all the young Indigenous artists who participated at this event with such grace and pride in performing by dancing, singing and drumming in a display of their specific cultures and traditions.

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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Claudette Dumont-Smith
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll free 1-800-461-4043
Tel.: 613-722-3033 x 223
cdumontsmith@nwac.ca

 

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