The ECCCO’s mandate is to reclaim and strengthen the relationships Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people have with Mother Earth, her lands, waters, and wildlife. This is achieved through the collection and sharing of knowledge, stories, and best practices of environmental impacts on Indigenous peoples as informed by the experiences of grassroots Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people. The goal of this work is to promote engagement in conservation and climate change action.
To accomplish our goals, NWAC engages in national and international climate change discussions to advocate for the rights and interests of Indigenous women. NWAC engages in multi-stakeholder groups that work to find common ground and promote meaningful climate action, engages in discussions on trade-related environmental matters including climate change, and participates in United Nations climate conferences. This includes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Through these engagements, NWAC advocates for greater inclusion of Indigenous women in decision-making relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.