Over 100 Registrants for AWBEN Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs’ Conference

February 20, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is pleased to announce that 116 Aboriginal women have now registered for the 4th annual Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship (AWBEN) Conference.  Taking place in Thunder Bay, Ontario March 1st through March 2nd, 2017, participants will be challenged and empowered to explore and develop their entrepreneurial skills.

Funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) since 2012, the AWBEN program addresses the unique challenges facing Aboriginal women in starting their own businesses.  AWBEN promotes learning, growth, and networking in a culturally supportive environment, with a focus on sustainable initiatives driven by community leadership.

“AWBEN recognizes that Indigenous women bring unique skills, tenacity, and a strong point of view to the world of business,” observes NWAC Interim President Francyne D. Joe.  “Although there is only space for 100 registrants, this is a free event and not everyone who wants to attend will be able to make it.  I encourage all current and aspiring Aboriginal women entrepreneurs to register so that AWBEN can show the AANDC, the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC), and other potential sources of funding that Indigenous women want and need programs that support and accelerate their careers.  I’d also like to thank event sponsors, Resolute Forest Products and the Bank of Montreal.”

The AWBEN Conference agenda for March 2nd features exciting panelists as well as keynote speakers Patrice Mousseau, Founder of Satya Organics, and actress Ashley Callingbull, Mrs. Universe 2015. “I hope to see a full room all as I make the opening address,” continued Ms. Joe, “this is a chance for Aboriginal women to get inspired, make connections, and exercise their skills alongside their peers.”

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For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca

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NWAC Hosting Tracie Léoste & Amanda Rheaume at Free Live 16 Days Event

December 2, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – For this year’s 16 Days of Activism to End Violence Against Women, The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is proud to present “Voices in Honour: Ending Violence Against Indigenous Women & Girls.”  The event takes place Monday, December 5th at 5:30pm at the Jock-Turcot University Centre on the University of Ottawa campus.

Speaker Tracie Léoste is visiting from Regina, Saskatchewan to share her inspiration for running and advice for with those wishing to take action to help end violence against women.  A woman of Métis descent, Léoste ran an astounding 115 kilometres from Oak Point, Manitoba to The Forks in downtown Winnipeg to raise awareness for missing and murdered Indigenous women and raise funds for a not-for-profit organization designed to support the families of the missing and murdered in 2015. She was only 16 years old at the time.

Juno-nominated performer Amanda Rheaume identifies herself as Métis and often draws from her family history in weaving rich musical narratives. Her song ‘Red Dress’ is inspired by Métis artist Jaime Black’s REDress Project and brings attention to the high rates of gendered and racialized violent crimes against Aboriginal women occurring in Canada. Rheaume will play a short set that includes the powerful ‘Red Dress.’

NWAC hopes that this event will inspire attendees to take action and make a contribution to the movement to end violence against Indigenous women and, in solidarity, all women.  “We will bring awareness to the epidemic of violence against Indigenous women and pay tribute to the missing and murdered Indigenous women of Canada,” offered NWAC Executive Director Lynne Groulx.

“I’ve been honoured to speak at the 16 Days opening press conference and the ‘End Violence Against Women Now’ panel hosted by KAIROS,” NWAC President Francyne Joe commented.  “Violence against Indigenous women and girls is one of the core issues that NWAC is actively addressing and one that’s very personal to me.”

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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CONTACT:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel.: 613-722-3033
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca

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2016 AWBEN GRANT WINNERS

ABORIGINAL WOMEN’S BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURSHIP NEWORK AWBEN GRANT 2016 BACKGROUND

 In 2012 the Native Women’s Association of Canada launched the Aboriginal Woman’s Business Entrepreneurship Network (AWBEN) as part of the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within Canada. The vision of AWBEN is to:

  • provide a safe, supportive, collaborative, empowering and culturally supportive environment that addresses the unique challenges of female Aboriginal entrepreneurs and aspiring female Aboriginal entrepreneurs
  • enhance, develop and accelerate growth for current and aspiring female Aboriginal entrepreneurs in a sustainable way through programs and resources
  • promote Community leadership through volunteerism as a reflection of respect and reciprocity and will be paramount to the foundation of the Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Network

The AWBEN Grant was launched in 2014 to assist Aboriginal women entrepreneurs to start up or advance their business. AWBEN would like to thank Women Who Rock for their financial contribution this year to the Native Women’s Association of Canada Strategic Partnership Agreement unit.

Each year, the Aboriginal Women’s Business Entrepreneurship Network is honoured to present two grant opportunities to dynamic and deserving Indigenous women to assist them is starting up their own business.

Congratulations to our lucky winners!

The future is a rainbow of beautiful tomorrows when you hold a dream in your heart!

$2,000.00 Winner – Cassie Michell, Owner, Little Foot Advanced Foot Care

Essay excerpt:  My business name is Little Foot Advanced Foot Care, offering mobile Foot Care.  My family is from the Nlatka’pamux Nation and the community of Kanaka Bar Indian Band.  My main goal for this company will be to service Aboriginal communities throughout the Interior (B.C.) as there are often limited health services available.  I believe this is an opportunity to build a strong business, as well as maintain and educated on the importance of healthy feet.

In November of 2014, Cassie attended Advanced Foot Care for nurses through Vancouver Community College.  She graduated as a Licensed Practical Nurse in March 2010.  She has started her business offering mobile foot care to both clients in Kamloops, as well as in Aboriginal Communities throughout the Interior B.C.  She specializes in working with seniors and those with diabetes.

 

$1,000.00 Winner – June Kelly, Owner, Operator, Certified Herbalist, Up the Hill at Loakin Herbal Products

Essay excerpt:  My business is named in honour of my parents.  As children we used to say, we were going Up the Hill when we went to the homesteads.  I remember this fondly and remember my heritage when I say the name of my Company.

June is a certified herbalist and graduated from the College of the Rockies, Herbal Practitioner program.  She has set up her business, Up the Hill at Loakin in her territory.  Her plan is to move her business to her homestead on Neskonilith Inidan Band and grow herbs to sell.

 

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NEWS ADVISORY: NWAC to partake in historic meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau

NEWS ADVISORY: NWAC to partake in historic meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau



(December 16, 2015) (Ottawa, ON)
― The Native Women’s Association of Canada is honoured to be meeting with the Government of Canada today.

NWAC President Dawn Lavell-Harvard will be meeting with Prime Minister Trudeau to outline our social, political and economic priorities as Indigenous women across Canada.

A subsequent meeting with Ministers Carolyn Bennett, Patty Hajdu and Jodi Wilson-Raybould along with NWAC Board Members from across the country concerning the critical work NWAC has undertaken over its past four decades as an organization, and outlining priorities concerning the forthcoming national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, will be held today also.

These historic meetings will be taking place on Parliament Hill today from 9:00am to 4:00pm EST.

Dawn Lavell-Harvard will have media availability today after 4:30pm EST.

 

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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MEDIA CONTACT:

Jenn Jefferys
Communications Officer
Native Women’s Association of Canada
613-485-1988   |   jjefferys@nwac.ca

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CUPE Rock For Public Services

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is delighted to announce that the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), which is Canada’s largest union with over 633,000 members from across the country, will be holding it’s annual ‘Rock for Public Services,’ concert on November 14, 2015 at the TD Place in Ottawa. This year, CUPE has designated NWAC as the recipient for funds collected from people who attend this ‘free’ concert by way of their donations.

This annual concert is organized by CUPE to acknowledge the public service employees working in the Ottawa/Gatineau region. Appearing at the concert will be some of Canada’s greatest musicians and singers such as the Sam Roberts Band, Matt Mays and Amanda Rheaume.

“NWAC is very grateful that CUPE is supportive of NWAC and of the work we do for our Sisters in Spirit and wishes to thank the organizers and performers who will make this event a great success and an unforgettable evening for many,” stated NWAC president Dawn Lavell Harvard.

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.

For more information on this event, please see the poster below or contact Tania Dube at tdube@nwac.ca.

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NWAC 41st Annual General Assembly (AGA)

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) 41st Annual General Assembly (AGA) will be held July 11-12, 2015 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montréal, 1201, René-Lévesque Blvd. West.

AGA 2015 Announcement

Observer and Guest Registration Form

Artists and Vendors Registration Form

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2013 AGA ANNOUNCEMENT

39th Annual General Assembly
August 9-11, 2013 Ottawa, ON

The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) Annual General Meeting (AGA) will
take place on August 9-11, 2013 at the Residence Inn by Marriott Ottawa Downtown, 161
Laurier Street W, Ottawa, K1P 5J2, Phone 613.231.2020.

The AGA is open to Provincial/Territorial/Member Association (PTMA) members,
Aboriginal women and observers. There is no cost to attend the meeting. All participants
must register to attend this event. Registration forms will be available online at
www.nwac.ca. Registration will also be available on-site, however, only a limited number
of seats are available, so please register early.

Please check NWAC’s website at www.nwac.ca for additional conference information i.e.
provisional agenda/vendor tables, etc.

For additional information, please contact:
Lorna Martin
Executive Assistant
Toll Free: 1-800-461-4043
613.656.3002
Email: lmartin@nwac.ca

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2013 AGA Announcement

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