About NWAC

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. 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.

Career Opportunities

You want to build a career with a organization that does good work and accomplishes great things – a company that will give you every opportunity to be!


On behalf of the NWAC President, NWAC’s Board of Directors, NWAC Staff and the Aboriginal women and families we serve, we thank you for your generous support!


The “Not Forgotten” Collection by
Maxine Noel/Ioyan Mani

Our Policies

MISSION STATEMENT: To help empower women by being involved in developing and chang­ing legislation which affects them, and by involving them in the development and delivery of pro­grams promoting equal opportunity for Aboriginal women.

NWAC Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

Every year, NWAC coordinates the Helen Bassett Commemorative Award granted to four young Indigenous women in the amount of $1,000 each. The awards are made possible by the generous donation of Helen Bassett. Helen Bassett was an Ontario artist and an amazing woman who tried to make a difference as an individual and engage the government into fair solutions to Aboriginal land claim issues.


Samantha Lee Dawson is a member of the Selkirk First Nation and is currently in her third year at the University of British Columbia Law School where she will be graduating next year with specialization in Aboriginal law and Social Justice.

Samantha Lee Dawson Whitehorse, YT


Alana Robert is from the Manitoba Métis Nation, and is pursuing her Juris Doctor of Law at Osgoode Hall Law School at York University. She founded Justice For Women, which strives to eliminate gender-based violence through advocacy, education, and support.

Alana Robert Winnipeg, MB


Leanna Gruendel is a Cree woman in her first year of the J.D. program at the University of Victoria Law School. She plans on focusing her degree on Aboriginal Law and Human Rights Law, and hopes to work towards improving justice services for Indigenous women.

Leanna Gruendel Victoria, BC


Ashtyn McLean is Qalipu Mi’kmaq First Nations woman completing her Bachelor of Social Work at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Upon completion of her degree, Ashtyn is interested in working in the field of gerontology.

Ashtyn McLean St. George, NL