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


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Francyne Joe
Interim President

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 along with 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 and looking forward to working with and representing the many Aboriginal women across Canada as NWAC’s interim President.

Dawn Lavell-Harvard, PhD.
1st Vice-President
Ontario Native Women’s Association

Judy Hughes
Treasurer
Saskatchewan Aboriginal Women’s Circle

Noreen McAteer
National Elder
West

Vanessa Gamblin
Manitoba Moon Voices Inc.

Ruth Kidder
Alberta Aboriginal Women’s Society

Cathy Halbot
Newfoundland Native Women’s Association

Viviane Michel
Quebec Native Women Inc.


Doris Anderson
2nd Vice-President
Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council

Judith Clark
Secretary
Aboriginal Women’s Association of PEI

Nikki Fraser
National Youth 
West

Lisa Charlo-Pieper
Native Women’s Association of the NWT

Cheryl Maloney
Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association

Gayle Frank
BC Native Women’s Association

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




Marilyn Francis
East Elder

Noreen McAteer
West Elder


Laverne Contois
South Elder

Adelaide Webber
North Elder




Salena Roseann Sylvester
East Youth

Nikki Fraser
West Youth


Tania Larivière
South Youth

Samantha Lee Dawson
North Youth