PRESS RELEASE: Former BCNWA President Francyne Joe Appointed New Interim President of NWAC

September 25, 2016 (Gatineau, QC) – It is a pleasure to announce that former President of the BC Native Women’s Association, Francyne Joe, was appointed the new President of the Native Women’s Association yesterday at NWAC’s 42nd Annual General Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec.

Francyne Joe was appointed interim President of NWAC after the former President, Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard, submitted her resignation after over a year of serving as President and three years of serving as Vice President of NWAC.

Francyne Joe accepting the interim Presidency of the Native Women's Association of Canada.
Francyne Joe accepting the interim Presidency of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

“It is an honour and a privilege to accept the esteemed position of President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. I look forward to working closely with our federal, provincial, territorial and community partners to work toward the political, social, economic, and cultural advancement of Indigenous women, their families, and their communities,” said President Francyne Joe.

President Francyne Joe of NWAC.
President Francyne Joe of NWAC.

Through involvement in various community organizations, President Joe has always been committed to empowering Indigenous women and girls. As president of BC Native Women’s Association, she accessed funding for education and career development; advocated with families for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; and fostered partnerships with BC Aboriginal agencies to address issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples, their families, and their communities.

Passionate about employment law as it applies to discrimination and harassment prevention, and wage equity, President Joe worked with the Human Resources Management Association to educate professionals working for Aboriginal communities. At All Nations Trust, she worked with Aboriginal employers and employees to understand human resource management and to educate them, and community members, on pension and group benefits in an effort to improve both community health and financial management.

A proud member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation, President Joe calls Lower Nicola reserve her home where she was raised by her grandparents while her mother worked to provide for them. Raised in a family and First Nations community with strong ethics and traditional beliefs, she grew up having a strong awareness of many issues that plague Indigenous communities from domestic violence, to unemployment, to lack of educational opportunities, to the systemic and institutional misogyny and racism in Canada.


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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