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.

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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.

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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.

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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.