With this second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the serious risks to the health and well-being of Indigenous women in Canada’s prison system are increasing. Read our report: Minimizing COVID-19-related Risk Among Incarcerated Indigenous Females Through Transparency and Accountability.

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In recent years, over 100 First Nations, Inuit and Métis women across Canada have come forward to say they were forced or coerced to undergo a sterilization procedure. The more Indigenous women are aware of reproductive rights, the better equipped they will be to fight this inexcusable violation of their basic human rights. That’s why we have developed the Knowing Your Rights educational toolkit to help protect Indigenous women and gender-diverse people and combat systemic racism in the healthcare system.

Click here to download the toolkit materials.

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Native Women’s Association of Canada

The National Voice for Indigenous Women since 1974

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. Much like a “Grandmother’s Lodge”, we as aunties, mothers, sisters, brothers and relatives collectively recognize, respect, promote, defend and enhance our Native ancestral laws, spiritual beliefs, language and traditions given to us by the Creator.

National Inquiry Into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

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Reports, Vigils and Honouring Women

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Lorraine Whitman NWAC President

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Lorraine Whitman (“Grandmother White Sea Turtle”), daughter of the late Chief Joseph Peters and Doris (Brooks) Peters and granddaughter of the late Chief Louis Peters of Bear River, is a member of Glooscap First Nation in Nova Scotia.

President’s Corner

To Our NWAC Store Customers:

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As our first priority is the continued safety of our employees, due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, we are unable to fulfill any new customer orders. Until further notice, our NWAC store will suspend its operations. We appreciate your support and understanding of this decision and look forward to reopening when circumstances improve.

Calling All Indigenous Women Artists:

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NWAC Issues a Call-Out for Metis, Inuit and First Nations Art.

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