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PRESS RELEASE –Statistics Canada Launches 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey

January 16, 2017(Ottawa, ON) – Today, Statistics Canada announced the commencement of the 5th cycle of the 2017 Aboriginal Peoples Survey (APS). The survey collects information about First Nations people living off-reserve as well as Métis and Inuit people living throughout Canada. This year’s theme, “Building Sustainable Futures,” focuses on the education and employment of […]

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NWAC Releases Report Card on the National Inquiry into MMIWG

January 5, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) has released their official Report Card on the activities of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Inquiry).  Drafted to reflect the success of the Inquiry in meeting its directives and mandates as it progresses, NWAC is employing […]

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NWAC Presents on MMIWG Inquiry at IACHR Ahead of International Human Rights Day

December 9, 2016 (Washington, DC) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) appeared alongside the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) today before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR).  NWAC Interim President Francyne D. Joe relayed the shared concerns of NWAC and FAFIA regarding the Terms of Reference of the Inquiry into […]

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New NWAC Executive Director Focuses on Policy and Branding

December 5, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is excited to welcome new Executive Director Lynne Groulx.   A Métis woman with both civil and common law degrees from the University of Ottawa and a specialization in Indigenous law, Ms. Groulx is fresh from a senior position at the Canadian Human Rights […]

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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 […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NWAC President Francyne Joe Represents Indigenous Women on Environment and Climate Change Panel

November 20, 2016 (Marrakech, MA) – Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) President Francyne Joe continues to represent the voice of First Nations women at the Marrakech Climate Change Conference in Morocco, the site of the 22nd Conference of the Parties (COP22) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Hosted by Minister of […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Failure of Authorities to Press Charges Against Officers Accused of Sexual Abuse in Val-d’Or Exemplifies Systemic Violence Inflicted Upon Indigenous Women

November 16, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – After  voicing their support of the brave Indigenous women of the Val d’Or region who came forward with their disturbing stories of abuse by Quebec police, it is with great sadness that the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) acknowledges that six of the officers under investigation will not be charged. […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Canada Held to Account for its Disappointing Women’s Rights Record by the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women

October 28, 2016 (Geneva, Switzerland) – This week Canada’s record of women’s equality was under the spotlight at the United Nations in Geneva. The 65th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) happens at an opportune moment for Canadian women. Canada has a new federal government with a Prime Minister […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NWAC Commends the Government For Introducing Legislation that Begins the Process of Ending Sex Discrimination in the Indian Act

October 26, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada commends the Government for introducing legislation in the Senate yesterday that begins the extensive process of ending sex-based inequities and residual discrimination against Indigenous women and their families embedded within the Indian Act. The new Bill, An Act to Amend the Indian Act […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NWAC Calls for Immediate Action on Indigenous Youth Suicide Crisis After the Tragic Loss of Four Young Girls

October 20, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada calls for immediate action on the worsening youth suicide crisis within Indigenous communities, after the tragic loss of four young girls within a week. The northern Saskatchewan Indigenous communities of Stanley Mission, La Ronge, and Deschambault Lake are mourning the loss of the […]

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PRESS RELEASE: Joint NWAC and Statistics Canada Report Shows High Rates of Suicidal Ideation Among Indigenous Youth

     October 13, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), in collaboration with Statistics Canada, published the report entitled “Past-year suicidal thoughts among off-reserve First Nations, Métis and Inuit adults aged 18 to 25: Prevalence and associated characteristics” based on data generated from the 2012 Aboriginal Peoples Survey. The results […]

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PRESS RELEASE: NWAC Announces the Winners of the 2016 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award

September 30, 2016 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2016 Helen Bassett Commemorative Student Award. This bursary assists Indigenous women who are enrolled in post-secondary law studies or justice-related studies, and who are committed to the political, social, economic, and cultural advancement of Indigenous […]

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