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, girls and gender-diverse people within First Nations, Métis and Inuit Canadian societies. NWAC is an aggregate of 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.
NWAC Signs Historic Accord with the Government of Canada!
On February 1, 2019, the Government of Canada and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) signed an Accord to establish a renewed relationship. This means NWAC will work with Canada to establish a reconciliation building process to decolonize, which includes meetings with the prime minister, ministers, deputy ministers responsible for policy development and key federal cabinet ministers.
As set out in the Accord, NWAC and Canada will negotiate a three-year resource work plan to address the priority elements and enhanced core-like funding to NWAC. Resources will also be negotiated for NWAC’s Provincial/Territorial Member Associations to participate in the policy priority work.
NWAC and Canada agreed it is a shared priority to empower Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people, as leaders, in the design and the co-development of laws, programs services, operational practices and policies.
This Accord is a significant step towards healing and reconciliation. It’s time to end the legacy of colonialism, colonial attitudes, and gender-based violence wherever they remain in all Federal legislation, institutions, policies and operational practices.