PRESS RELEASE: Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard Resigns as President of NWAC

September 23, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – We regret to announce the resignation of Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard as President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).   While Dawn was President of NWAC for only one year, her contribution to supporting Indigenous women across the country has been significant.

Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard will remain on NWAC’s Board of Directors as the President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA). She will fulfill her duties as President up until the end of this weekend’s 42nd Annual General Assembly, after which a newly elected President will take her place.

Dawn has been an advocate for over 20 years ago when she was first appointed to the Board of the Ontario Native Women’s Association. She has served as ONWA’s President for 11 years.

Dawn is leaving us for very personal reasons and with clear priorities.

Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard speaking at the announcement of the National Inquiry into MMIWG.
Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard speaking at the announcement of the National Inquiry into MMIWG.

“I am deeply committed to working towards the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls, but my top priority has always been my three young daughters. The toll of raising a young family, the long hours, and extensive travel required for this high-level position had begun to take an impact on myself and my family,” said Dr. Lavell-Harvard

Dr. Lavell-Harvard is looking forward to considering opportunities closer to home.

The Native Women’s Asssociation of Canada extends our best wishes and praise to Dr. Lavell-Harvard for her hard work and dedication to NWAC and in advocating for the rights of Indigenous women, their families and communities.


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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