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July 31, 2014 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is in full support of Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette’s Private Members’ Bill S-212 to modernize the gender composition of boards of directors of certain corporations, financial institutions and parent Crown corporations.
NWAC applauds Hervieux-Payette for introducing Bill S-212 and is appealing to all political parties and MPs to support the Act. Supporting Bill S-212 will bring equity and equality to Canada’s top economic decision making entities and will pay dividends with solid yet sustainable outcomes. “However, Bill S-212 does not go far enough”, said NWAC President Michèle Audette. “Bill S-212 should also call for equal composition of Aboriginal people, particularly highly qualified Aboriginal women, to have seats on Canada’s prestigious boardrooms. We know for a fact that very few, if any, sit on boards on any of the top 500 Canadian companies, Crown Corporations and other leading government agencies. Yet much of the work of these profitable corporations and agencies has an impact on the lives and well-being of Aboriginal peoples.” Audette further said.
NWAC is an Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Strategy (ASETS) holder and concurs with the President about the benefits of female corporate leadership. NWAC’s ASETS training and employment partnerships with female led corporations and other institutions make great partners who hire skilled and hardworking NWAC clients.
NWAC President Michèle Audette further stated, “From my experience when women are equally represented in corporate governance or are in senior management roles, companies and corporations maintain their high level of profitability. When we speak about parity and equality, then we must also speak about the inclusion of Aboriginal peoples at all levels, especially at the board level, where important decisions are made, and particularly when corporations are doing business that generate substantial profit from our territories”.
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. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada.
Claudette Dumont Smith, Executive Director
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