(May 10, 2016) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) President Dawn Lavell-Harvard was present in New York City during the announcement that Canada will officially adopt the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The announcement, which received a standing ovation, was given Tuesday, May 10, 2016 by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.
NWAC believes that the statement regarding the “adoption and full support of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in to federal law, and the need to work to implement it within the laws of Canada” spearheads a positive shift in Canada’s position of the rights of Indigenous peoples. NWAC fully supports the Government of Canada’s adoption of the UNDRIP and anticipates a productive working relationship with the government and other Indigenous women’s organizations on the full implementation.
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 Indigenous women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
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