Board of Directors

The Board of Directors hold responsibility for the overall governance of NWAC and passes all resolutions with regard to new initiatives undertaken by NWAC personnel and its members. The Board meets on a regular basis to evaluate, review, and provide direction to the President, PTMAs, and the National and Satellite Offices.

NWAC’s Board of Directors consists of 20 members:

  • One (1) president
  • Thirteen (13) regional representatives
  • Four (4) of which are also regional executive leaders
  • Four (4) regional elders
  • Four (4) regional youth representatives; elected by the NWAC Youth Council

Current Board of Directors

Executive and Regional Members

Francyne D. Joe

A member of BC’s Shackan First Nation and former President of the BC Native Women’s Association, Francyne has committed herself to empowering Indigenous women and girls through her work and philanthropic efforts. Primarily working in human resource management, she’s successfully accessed funding for community economic development, advocated alongside families for a National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, and fostered partnerships with BC Aboriginal agencies to empower Indigenous communities to take their rightful leadership role locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. She is honored to work with and represent the interests of First Nations and Métis women across the nation as NWAC’s President.

Maxine Elter
Alberta Aboriginal Women’s Society

Doris Anderson
Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

Judy Hughes
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle

Vanessa Gamblin
Manitoba Moon Voices Inc.

Liza Peiper
Native Women’s Association of the NWT

Roberta Wesley
Ontario Native Women’s Association

Cherie Brooks
Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association

Dorothy George
Newfoundland Native Women’s Association

Gayle Frank
BC Native Women’s Association

Mary Hannaburg
Quebec Native Women Inc.

Hart Perley
Indigenous Women’s Association of the Maliseet and Mi’qmaq Territory

Jenna Herney
Indigenous Women’s Association of the Maliseet and Mi’qmaq Territory

Marlene Thomas
Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI

Regional Elder Representatives

Alma Brooks
East Elder (National Elder Representative)

Roseann Martin
South Elder

Roberta Moses
West Elder

Elizabeth Moses
North Elder

Regional Youth Representatives

Christie Saulis
East Youth

Tania Larivière
South Youth

Sekwun McKenzie
West Youth

Jaylene Delorme
North Youth (National Youth Representative)