Thank you to all of the attendees and panelists who participated in the first International Summit of the Americas on Violence Against Indigenous Women. Over the course of two days, we had important conversations about the violence Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse persons are facing both in Canada and across the Americas.

At the conclusion of the summit, we created an Outcome Document with commitments we must all make to address this human rights crisis. In the coming days we will be reflecting and amending this document to summarize what we learned and what action we need to take. We would love to hear from you. If you have anything you would like to contribute you can email us at

This summit was just the beginning. To stay up to date on future events and initiatives make sure to follow the MMIWG Global Response Network Facebook page. Let’s continue to be silent no more as we work together to end the violence against Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse persons.

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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.

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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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