On June 3rd, the Native Women’s Association of Canada marked the first anniversary of the report of the National Inquiry Into Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and Gender Diverse People.

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See links to our news conference below, under Recent News, where we issued our Report Card on the government’s progress – or lack of progress – and repeated our call for a National Action Plan.

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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


Recent News

Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award

Every year, NWAC hands out the Michael Melancon-Koffend Student Award to 13 Indigenous women, Two-Spirit, or gender-diverse students from each province and territory in the amount of $1,000. The bursaries are made possible by the generous donation of Marie Melancon-Ifram. For more information, please email scholarships@nwac.ca.

Applications are open until midnight, August 15, 2020.

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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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