International Human Rights

NWAC works toward ensuring that Indigenous women’s rights are implemented within Canada as they are set out within the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UN DRIP).

NWAC advocates at the international level at the United Nations (UN) and the Organization of American States (OAS) so as to see Indigenous human rights implemented domestically in Canada. Aboriginal issues are generally advocated collectively with Indigenous peoples worldwide with similar economic and social experiences such as: human rights violations, education challenges, poor health, trafficking and violence against women, negative impacts from development and trade on Indigenous rights, particularly on Indigenous women and the environment, the preservation of cultural, language and traditional knowledge and lands rights and many other issues.

NWAC is actively involved with partner organizations across the globe towards internationally promoting its collective goals and to implement instruments such as the UN DRIP, and the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). NWAC welcomes the opportunity to share, support and learn from Indigenous populations worldwide.

NWAC generally participates on the following international fora:

  • Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)
  • United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
  • United Nations Commission on the Status of Women
  • United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
  • United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP)


Declaration of the United Nations Conference on the Human Environment

UN Convention on Biological Diversity

2012 NWAC CERD Submission

2012 UPR Joint Submission from IPs and NGOs

2012 Joint Submission to UN Human Rights Council

2012 CERD Concluding Observations

2011 UNDRIP Fact Sheet


2010 NWAC A Nation is Not Conquered Indigenous Partnership Program Final Narrative Report

2008 Report of the North America Region Preparatory Meeting for UNPFII7

2006 NWAC Report on Canadas Reports to International Convenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights