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We are a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit,transgender and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. We were founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people within their respective communities and Canadian societies.
To commemorate Truth and Reconciliation Day, honour the Survivors and families of residential schools by holding those in power to account. Add your voice to those calling for real measurable progress on the 94 Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) by signing this letter to your MP.
(NWAC is sharing this video for educational purposes. Performance by Cindy Paul and video by Rochelle Lewis)
Cindy Paul’s haunting song “He Can Fancy Dance” describes the terrible legacy of residential schools and colonial erasure that created a stolen generation of children. The accompanying video has been shared over a million times on social media and was inspired by a residential school survivor. Listen to learn more about fancy dance and its power as both cultural expression and Indigenous resilience.
This month, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) asks you to join us in
commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. On September 30, your gift will help light the path toward progress and equity for all Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse (WG2STGD) people across Canada.
At NWAC, we are committed to strengthening our international relationships by advocating for the rights of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people world-wide. Learn more about how we advocate for human rights on a global stage and engage with countries around the world to help their economic development and empowerment.
Add an unforgettable Indigenous cultural experience to your next meeting or event by booking at the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s state-of-the-art Social, Cultural, and Economic Innovation Centre.
NWAC recently visited Panama on a relationship building mission to foster economic growth for
Indigenous Peoples across both countries.
NWAC is collaborating with The Trust for the Americas and the Organization of American States (OAS) as the first Canadian partner to offer training under the POETA DigiSpark program. This initiative aims to empower Indigenous WG2STGD people with digital skills, leading to job prospects and entrepreneurship opportunities in the tech sector.
Welcome to the 20th edition of Kci-Niwesq, the magazine of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). In this issue, we bring you stories about learning, and about efforts to preserve the languages of our ancestors and Traditional land-based learning.
The latest edition of NWAC’s e-newsletter, Shining the Spotlight, is here! In this publication, you will read about some of our national and international initiatives.
The annual scorecards for 2023 have been released, in advance of the June 3 anniversary of the release of the two national action plans, dating back to 2021, in response to the National Inquiry’s 231 Calls for Justice.The results this year provide a stark picture of the government’s progress in addressing the safety needs of Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse+ Peoples.
Rent a meeting space, eat at Cafe Bouleau, visit Artisanelle Boutique for hand-crafted products or purchase a unique Indigenous piece of art.
NWAC’s social entrepreneurship ventures support the well-being of Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender diverse people.
It's hard to accept, but not up for debate. There's been a genocide against Indigenous people in Canada. This Indigenous History Month we're asking the government to include the true history of Canada in high school curriculums. You can help us by sending a letter to the government demanding change at teachthegenocide.ca.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada now offers two more ways – an online and in-person library – for Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit, Transgender, Gender-Diverse+ People and others to access knowledge on Indigenous cultures, languages, and community data on topics like MMIWG2S+ and beyond. Resources available include documents in Michif, Algonquin, and Inuktitut at the beginner and intermediate levels.
The Native Women's Association of Canada’s Café Bouleau celebrates Indigenous culture with the best of Indigenous coffee, food and art. This enterprise actively brings a community together to create a one-of-a-kind vibrant cultural experience.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s National Apprenticeships Program connects Indigenous Women, Two-Spirit, transgender, and gender-diverse people with paid apprenticeship opportunities in the trades. Kick-start your career as you gain experience in some of Canada’s most in-demand fields.
Safe Passage is a community-driven, trauma-informed, and survivor centered initiative that tracks cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, transgender, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit people (MMIWG2S+), monitors ongoing safety concerns, provides distinctions-based safety resources, educates the public and media about the MMIWG2S+ genocide, and honours our stolen loved ones.
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