June 10, 2016 – A delegation from the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) met with ministers and leaders from all across Canada at the newly formed Federal, Provincial, Territorial, and Indigenous Forum (FPTIF) meeting in Ottawa on June 9-10, 2016. The FPTIF consists of leaders from the five National Aboriginal Organizations (NAO) namely the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), the Indigenous People’s Assembly of Canada (IPAC), the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), the Métis National Council (MNC), as well as the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK), joined by the provincial/territorial ministers responsible for Indigenous/Aboriginal Affairs, and the federal minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs.
“The Native Women’s Association of Canada is pleased that the newly formed Federal Provincial Territorial Indigenous Forum (FPTIF) will advance and address the multitude of issues and challenges that Indigenous Women and Girls face in Canada. NWAC also believes the FPTIF partnership will provide a link to address in a timely fashion the emerging and existing inequities and violations that will surface from the testimony in a National Inquiry. I am very optimistic we are on a path to reconciliation and that Indigenous Women and Girls voices will be heard and respected as we move forward together,” President Lavell-Harvard said during the FPTIF meeting’s opening remarks.
In the spirit of reconciliation and collaboration, the FPTIF, which replaces the Aboriginal Affairs Working Group (AAWG), discussed the 94 Calls to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), the principles of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), child and family services and the Jordan’s Principle, engagement of Indigenous youth, the action plan to address and prevent the gendered and sexual violence against Indigenous Women and Girls, and cooperation on the process of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
The FPTIF will meet annually in order to provide national leadership, strong cross-jurisdictional and multilateral partnership and collaboration, and inclusive, culturally and regionally relevant cooperation to ensure the elimination of the systemic, socio-economic, political, cultural, and gendered barriers preventing Indigenous Peoples’ prosperity and happiness.
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.
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