UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COMMITTEE FINDINGS THAT INDIAN ACT STILL DISCRIMINATES AGAINST FIRST NATIONS WOMEN, NWAC URGES FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ACT

Ottawa, ON— On January 14, 2019 the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) released a decision on Sharon McIvor’s petition claiming registration provisions in the Indian Act discriminate against First Nations women, and their descendants, on the basis of sex.

The Committee found Canada failed to adequately protect First Nations women from discrimination. They stated Canada is obligated to remove existing sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act. Canada must ensure all First Nations women and their descendants are eligible for Indian Status on equal footing as First Nations men.

For decades, grassroots Indigenous women, and organizations like NWAC have advocated for the removal of sex-based discrimination in the Indian Act. Sex-based discriminationmeans First Nations women are more likely to be disenfranchised and face barriers in accessing services like healthcare and housing.

Since 1985, numerous amendments try to remove sex-based discrimination from the Indian Act, but none achieved full equality for First Nations women and their descendants.

If implemented, the second phase of provisions under Bill S-3 would remove all of the sex-based discrimination McIvor, and people in her circumstances, face. UNHRC cautioned Canada to ensure similar violations do not occur again.

Canada has180 days to report back on measures taken to fix the issue. The federal government can easily take the necessary actions and set a specific date to implement the second phase of provisions under Bill S-3.

NWAC calls on the federal government to take immediate action. A more expansive approach is required to account for all discriminatory provisions, including the second generation cut-off rule and the burden of proof to establish “Indian parentage”.

This ruling is historic for many First Nations women and their descendants. Indigenous women deserve nothing less than full equality. Canada must act now. Canada must stop discriminating.

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For more information please contact Lucy Juneau – Director of Communications

[email protected] 343-997-3756

NWAC TO LEAD 2019 OTTAWA WOMEN’S MARCH WITH ASSEMBLY OF SEVEN GENERATIONS

Ottawa, ON – On Saturday January 19, 2019, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) will gather on unceded Algonquin territory to participate in the 2019 Ottawa Women’s March. This year, NWAC will lead the march behind drummers from the Assembly of Seven Generations, a youth-led non-profit organization focused on cultural support and youth empowerment, and the Ogimaakwewak Singers.

The Ottawa Women’s March takes place on the same day thousands of people will rally in the streets throughout Canada and the world. The Women’s March is an annual global movement to raise awareness and advocate for legislative and policy changes concerning women’s rights, Indigenous rights, reproductive rights, environmental issues, 2SLGBTQ+ rights, racial equity, and more.

This year, NWAC marches to put an end to violence against women and girls. Due to the history and ongoing practice of colonization in Canada, Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people experience disproportionate rates of violence. This must end.

For decades, NWAC worked to draw attention to the missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) crisis and advocate to end violence against Indigenous women and girls. Any progress made in 2018 is not enough. There is still so much work to be done to achieve safety and justice for MMIWG and their families.

NWAC acknowledges the interconnected nature of our struggles, and looks forward to marching alongside other organizations, individuals, and allies working to create positive change in their communities.

It’s 2019. It’s time we #StopDiscriminating. It’s time all women are heard. It’s time to march.

Join the #WomenOfNWAC in our march for equality.

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For more information please contact Lucy Juneau- Director of Communications

[email protected] 343-997-3756

NWAC’s Executive Director Wins the Hope and Empowerment Award


Ottawa, On – The Embassy of Gabon in Canada honoured Lynne Groulx,  the Executive Director of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), as one of the 20 inspiring women from around the world at the 2018 Women Who Work Gala last night. Groulx received one of the highest awards of the evening, “The Hope and Empowerment Award”.
His Excellency Mr. Sosthène Ngokila, Ambassador of Gabon to Canada, said Ms. Groulx’s efforts are creating a Canadian society in which no woman is ever afraid to walk, lose her life or chances because of her status or race and in which no woman is afraid to defend her beliefs.
“Ms. Groulx is a model of success for many, fighting for women’s rights in Canada,” said Ambassador Ngokila.
“For me, hope means having full confidence that what I want, what I really aspire for the most, will actually materialize. For me, that kind of intense focus and visioning didn’t come naturally. It was a skill that I had to learn over time,” said Groulx.
“We know that we must heal ourselves individually, before we can heal as a community or a nation and before we can really become empowered. We cannot empower others if we ourselves are not empowered.”

For more information, you can visit Women Who Work Initiative’s website.
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NWAC’s Executive Director, Lynne Groulx, named one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women

Ottawa, ON – The Native Women’s Association of Canada’s (NWAC) Executive Director, Lynne Groulx LL.L., J.D., was named one of Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner presented by KPMG.

Groulx was recognized in the “Trailblazers & Trendsetters” category for being the first in her field making outstanding contributions to Canadian society. She is paving the way for culturally appropriate and gender-specific services and supports for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people at NWAC with the upcoming launch of its new building the “Social and Cultural Innovation Centre”.

NWAC’s new building will feature a Resiliency Centre, an Indigenous-led health and wellness centre to promote healing for survivors and their families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG). There is a current gap in Canada and a desperate need for culturally safe supports, especially with the National Inquiry into MMIWG coming to a close.

“It’s an honour to be recognized as one of Canada’s Most Powerful Women, especially among so many other inspirational women who have made significant contributions influencing a better future for everyone,” said Groulx. “I hope this will shed light on the importance of culturally appropriate and gender-specific services.”

The Top 100 Winners pays tribute to women across Canada who serve as an inspiration for the next generation of leaders.

“All 100 are role models for the generations who will follow – which is why it’s very important to recognize and celebrate their great achievements,” said Sherri Stevens, CEO of WXN.

For a full list of winners, please visit https://wxnetwork.com/wxn/top100winners/.

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For more information please contact Lucy Juneau – Director of Communications 

[email protected] 343-997-3756

NWAC Condemns Ontario Government’s Decision to Debate Existence of Gender Spectrum

Ottawa, ON – On November 20, 2018, NWAC remembers and honours the Two-Spirit, Trans, and non-binary Indigenous people victimized and killed as a result of transphobic and racial violence. In this spirit, we condemn the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party’s recent resolution to debate the existence of the gender spectrum. These people are loved, valued, and their existence and worth cannot be voted on or debated.

Different forms of violence are too common in the lives of Indigenous Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ individuals. Marginalization and systemic discrimination have reduced both the availability and accessibility of supports and services, meaning Indigenous people who are Trans also face additional obstacles to accessing basic services such as healthcare, housing, and employment.  This is particularly true for Indigenous youth.

In the face of transphobic and colonial violence, Trans, Two-Spirit, and non-binary Indigenous folk have demonstrated incredible strength and resilience. They are leaders, healers, and crucial parts of our communities. It is essential they can safely access services, participate in ceremony, and are present at decision-making tables impacting their lives, not erased.

NWAC recently committed to building stronger and more responsive relationships with the Trans, non-binary, and queer-identifying Indigenous people we represent. We recognize by not responding to the gender diversity within our community, we risk replicating their oppression and erasure.

On this day of remembrance, we express our renewed solidarity to these communities and re-state our commitment to being respectful and accountable advocates in this work.

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For more information please contact Lucy Juneau – Director of Communications

343-997-3756 – [email protected]

NWAC LEFT OUT OF OVER 100 ENGAGEMENT SESSIONS ON FEDERAL RECOGNITION AND IMPLEMENTATION OF INDIGENOUS RIGHTS FRAMEWORK

Ottawa, ON – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is deeply alarmed the Government of Canada’s Recognition and Implementation of Indigenous Rights Framework will not recognize, represent or implement Indigenous women’s rights, voices or perspectives. Any Indigenous Rights Framework will fail if the federal government does not include NWAC as a full and equal participant.

Since February 14th, 2018, the department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs (CIRNA) held over 100 engagement sessions on the framework with over 1,600 participants. NWAC was not invited to a single engagement session.

As the only National Indigenous Organization representing all Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people, NWAC must be a full and equal partner throughout this process. The omission of NWAC from these discussions is discrimination and only further marginalizes Indigenous women.

Minister Carolyn Bennett stated on International Women’s Day 2018, “(t)o ensure the Framework is truly representative of the rights, needs and interests of all Indigenous peoples, we are making a special effort to ensure women’s voices are heard.” Thus far, Bennett has muted the voices of Indigenous women.

Minister Bennett wants to know “how to effectively dismantle colonial, patriarchal structures.” NWAC has answers.

NWAC must be included in discussions to represent the voices of Indigenous women in the development of this framework and to ensure their rights are implemented. We can provide the critical gender-based perspective for this framework to effectively represent all Indigenous women’s rights and voices. As the most vulnerable group in Canada, it is appalling the federal government is not taking more action to renew this relationship.

It is already too late for us to have equal participation, but it is not too late for NWAC to be a full and equal partner and to hear Indigenous women’s voices.

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“The federal government continuously ignores and excludes NWAC from critical-decision making tables and discussions. A renewed relationship respects Indigenous women as equal partners. I fail to see how the current process for this framework includes and values Indigenous women as equals,” said NWAC President Francyne Joe.

“NWAC’s representation is fully inclusive and unique as we represent a multitude of Indigenous women and gender-diverse people who are First Nations, Métis and Inuit. These women can be status, non-status, disenfranchised, on reserve or off reserve. Without NWAC’s participation, many of these women are being left out and their voices ignored,” said NWAC President Francyne Joe.

 

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L’AFAC EST EXCLUE DES SÉANCES DE MOBILISATION FÉDÉRALES AU SUJET DU CADRE DE RECONNAISSANCE ET DE MISE EN ŒUVRE DES DROITS DES PEUPLES AUTOCHTONES

OTTAWA (Ontario) – Ni les droits, ni les voix, ni les points de vue des femmes autochtones ne seront reconnus, représentés ou mis en œuvre par le Cadre de reconnaissance et de mise en œuvre des droits des peuples autochtones du gouvernement du Canada, ce qui inquiète vivement l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC).

Depuis le 14 février 2018, le ministère des Relations Couronne-Autochtones et des Affaires du Nord (RCAAN) a tenu plus de 100 séances de mobilisation au sujet de ce cadre auxquelles ont participé plus de 1 600 personnes. L’AFAC n’a pas été invitée à une seule de ces séances.

À titre du seul organisme autochtone national qui représente toutes les femmes, les filles et les personnes de diverses identités de genre autochtones, l’AFAC doit être partenaire à part égale et entière pendant tout le déroulement de ce processus. L’exclusion de l’AFAC de ces discussions est un acte discriminatoire et ne fait que marginaliser davantage les femmes autochtones.

La ministre Carolyn Bennett a déclaré à l’occasion de la Journée internationale des femmes 2018 : « Afin que le Cadre reflète véritablement les droits, les besoins et les intérêts de l’ensemble des peuples autochtones, nous déployons des efforts particuliers pour veiller à ce que les voix des femmes soient entendues. » Jusqu’ici, la ministre Bennett a désactivé les voix des femmes autochtones.

La ministre Bennett veut savoir quelles sont « les mesures à prendre pour démanteler efficacement les structures coloniales patriarcales ». L’AFAC a des réponses.

L’AFAC doit être incluse dans les discussions pour représenter les voix des femmes autochtones dans l’élaboration de ce cadre et pour garantir la mise en œuvre de leurs droits. Nous pouvons fournir le point de vue crucial fondé sur la notion de genre pour que ce cadre représente efficacement les droits et les voix de toutes les femmes autochtones. C’est consternant que le gouvernement fédéral n’en fasse pas davantage pour renouveler cette relation avec le groupe le plus vulnérable au Canada.

Il est déjà trop tard pour que nous participions à part égale, mais il n’est pas trop tard pour que l’AFAC soit une partenaire à part égale et entière et pour que les voix des femmes autochtones soient entendues.

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« Le gouvernement fédéral persiste à ignorer et exclure l’AFAC des tables et des discussions de prise de décisions d’importance critique. Une relation renouvelée respecte les femmes autochtones en tant que partenaires égales. Je ne vois pas comment les femmes autochtones peuvent être incluses et valorisées comme partenaires égales dans le processus actuel de ce cadre », a dit la présidente de l’AFAC, Francyne Joe.

« La représentation de l’AFAC est entièrement inclusive et unique, puisque nous représentons une multitude de femmes et de personnes de diverses identités de genre autochtones qui sont Métisses, Inuites et citoyennes des Premières Nations, avec ou sans statut, émancipées, sur ou hors réserve. Sans la participation de l’AFAC, un grand nombre de ces femmes sont exclues et leurs voix sont ignorées », a dit la présidente de l’AFAC, Francyne Joe.

 

For more information please contact Lucy Juneau, Director of Communications

[email protected] 343-997-3756

NWAC ANNOUNCES NEW LGBTQ2S+ UNIT

(Ottawa, ON) NWAC is excited to announce the creation of a new LGBTQ2S+ Unit dedicated to expanding and enhancing its advocacy efforts for Two-Spirit, LGBTQ+, and gender-diverse Indigenous people.

As a group that exists at the intersections of queer and/or transphobia as well as colonial racism, members of the Indigenous LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit communities are disproportionately impacted by violence. Marginalization dramatically decreases the availability and the accessibility of supports and services, meaning Indigenous people who live within these marginalized groups face additional obstacles to accessing basic services.

For these reasons, NWAC is working purposefully towards filling the remaining gaps in our services and advocacy in order to better reflect the strength and diversity of our communities. Part of these efforts led to the creation of a LGBTQ2S+ Unit, focusing on education, outreach, and policy development.

NWAC’s LGBTQ2S+ Unit is committed to repairing and strengthening relationships with community members and organizations already engaged with this work. To begin this process, we have created two new positions in education and policy. If you have any questions, concerns, or want to share your thoughts on the new Unit’s direction, please feel free to contact:

RJ Jones – LGBTQ2S+ Educator – [email protected] – (343) 997-7626

Kim Wakeford – LGBTQ2S+ Policy Advisor – [email protected] – (613) 410-1501

The Unit is launching a survey to gather anonymous preliminary information on specific needs and barriers faced by Two-Spirit and LGBTQ+ Indigenous women and non-binary people. This information will guide the Unit’s future activities and shape policy, education, and language priorities.

Access the survey here: https://s.surveyplanet.com/QDbEd0Mle

If you or someone you know would like to fill out the survey, but do not have regular access to the Internet, please let us know and we will mail you a hard copy.

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L’AFAC ANNONCE SON NOUVEAU SERVICE LGBTQ2E+

OTTAWA (Ontario) – L’AFAC est fière d’annoncer la création d’un nouveau service LGBTQ2E+ voué au développement et à la mise en valeur de ses efforts de plaidoyer en faveur des personnes autochtones Deux-Esprits, LGBTQ+ et de diverses identités de genre.

En tant que groupe qui existe aux intersections entre la notion de « queer » (que l’on traduit par « altersexualité » et « allosexualité »), la transphobie et le racisme colonial, les membres autochtones des communautés LGBTQ+ et Deux-Esprits sont touchées de façon disproportionnée par la violence. La marginalisation réduit énormément la disponibilité et l’accessibilité de soutiens et de services; les Autochtones qui vivent au sein de ces groupes marginalisés sont confrontées à des obstacles additionnels lorsqu’il s’agit d’accéder à des services de base.

Pour ces raisons, l’AFAC travaille résolument à combler les écarts qui restent dans nos services et nos actions de plaidoyer afin de mieux refléter les forces et la diversité de nos communautés. Ces efforts ont mené notamment à la création d’un service LGBTQ2E+, axé sur l’éducation, le rayonnement et l’élaboration de politiques.

Le service LGBTQ2E+ de l’AFAC est déterminé à rétablir et renforcer les relations avec les membres des communautés et les organisations déjà engagées dans ce travail. Pour lancer le processus, nous avons créé deux nouveaux postes en matière d’éducation et de politiques. Si vous avez des questions ou des préoccupations ou si vous voulez faire savoir à la direction du nouveau service ce que vous en pensez, n’hésitez pas à communiquer avec :

Le service LGBTQ2E+ lance un sondage pour recueillir de l’information préliminaire anonyme sur les besoins des personnes autochtones Deux-Esprits, LGBTQ+ et non binaires. Cette information guidera les activités du service à l’avenir et modèlera ses priorités en matière de politiques, d’éducation et de langues.

Pour accéder au sondage en ligne : https://s.surveyplanet.com/QDbEd0Mle

Si vous voulez répondre au sondage, mais n’avez pas toujours accès à l’Internet, faites-nous le savoir et nous vous enverrons le sondage sur papier par la poste; la même chose s’applique à toute autre personne de votre connaissance qui serait dans cette situation.

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European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights Reaches out to the Native Women’s Association of Canada – Raises Concerns about Discrimination Against Indigenous Women in Canada

Ottawa, ON – Today, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) met with representatives from the European Parliament Subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) to discuss the ongoing systemic and aggravated forms of discrimination against Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people in Canada.

“The international community’s concern regarding the staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women in Canada demonstrates the need for action,” said NWAC’s President Francyne Joe. “It is important the world is aware of how colonization continues to negatively impact our women and how Canada is failing their obligations.”

DROI, made similarities between Indigenous women’s issues in Canada and Romani women in Europe. Soraya Post, a member of DROI pledged support to NWAC offering an alliance. Post is tired of fighting for equality and basic human rights for women.

“I don’t want an apology and I am tired of begging. I am demanding. I want action,” said Post.

NWAC’s President, Francyne Joe (left) and Soraya Post, a member of DROI (right).

Despite NWAC’s ongoing efforts to advocate for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people, Canada has failed to include Indigenous women’s political voices at critical decision-making tables and to provide stable and equitable funding to NWAC.

“Our goal is to seek support from the international community to put an end to the discrimination against Indigenous women and the discrimination against NWAC as the organization that represents them,” said Joe.

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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lucy Juneau–Director of Communications
343-997-3756 [email protected]

 

La Sous-commission des droits de l’homme du Parlement européen tend la main à l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada et attire l’attention sur la discrimination envers les femmes autochtones au Canada

 

Ottawa (Ontario) – Aujourd’hui, l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada a rencontré des représentantes de la Sous-commission des droits de l’homme (DROI) du Parlement européen pour discuter des formes de discrimination systémiques continues et aggravées envers les femmes, les filles et les personnes de diverses identités de genre autochtones au Canada.

« La préoccupation de la communauté internationale au sujet des taux effroyables de violence envers les femmes autochtones au Canada démontre la nécessité de passer à l’action », a dit la présidente de l’AFAC, Francyne Joe. « Il est important de noter que le monde est conscient du fait que la colonisation continue à avoir des effets négatifs sur nos femmes et que le Canada ne respecte pas ses obligations. ».

DROI a fait un parallèle entre les problèmes des femmes autochtones au Canada et ceux des femmes roms en Europe. Soraya Post, membre de DROI, a promis de soutenir l’AFAC par l’offre d’une alliance. Mme Post en a assez de se battre pour l’égalité et les droits fondamentaux des femmes.

« Je ne veux pas d’excuses et j’en ai assez de supplier. J’exige. Je veux de l’action », a dit Mme Post.

Malgré les efforts continus de l’AFAC, qui plaide en faveur des femmes, des filles et des personnes de diverses identités de genre autochtones, le Canada n’a pas inclus les voix politiques des femmes autochtones aux tables de prise de décisions essentielles et n’assure pas à l’AFAC un financement stable et équitable.

« Notre objectif est de demander le soutien de la communauté internationale pour mettre fin à la discrimination envers les femmes autochtones et à la discrimination envers l’AFAC à titre d’organisation qui les représente », a dit Mme Joe.

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POUR OBTENIR PLUS D’INFORMATION : Lucy Juneau, directrice des Communications

343-997-3756 [email protected]

Career Opportunity – Policy Advisor of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Job Posting:  Policy Advisor of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Reports to:           Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services
Salary Range:      $50,000 to $55,000
Term:                      Permanent
Closing Date:       Open until filled
Location:               Ottawa

Summary

The Policy Advisor – Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. This intermediate position will support developing and executing NWAC official positions in a number of policy areas pertaining to Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The NWAC Policy Advisor – Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services will:

  • Actively maintain a Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services family, policy work plan incorporating relevant priorities as identified by Senior Management and based on NWAC Board identified priorities, and operational needs;
  • Assist in providing technical expertise in the areas of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services Policy development to the Executive Director;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services policy issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Engage in background research, prepare fact sheets, briefing notes, documents and reports, and analyze data;
  • Undertake gender and inter-sectional analysis, as required;
  • Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
  • Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the other NWAC departments;
  • Work with other NIO’s and NGO’s to address issues impacting Indigenous women and girls and gender diverse people;
  • Develop communications materials for NWAC communications unit and website in the area of housing, water, infrastructure and emergency management;
  • Assist in writing proposals; and,
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.

Studies and Work Experience Requirement

  • A post-secondary degree in political science, social science, law, gender studies or related field of study;
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience working with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government, agencies or private, business/corporate entities;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to work in a Team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Director.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of concerns and issues impacting Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of key issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Strong understand of social policy;
  • Bilingualism is an asset

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Career Opportunity – Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Job Posting: Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services 

Reports to:            Managing Director of Policy
Salary Range:     $60,000 to $65,000
Term:                      Permanent
Closing Date:       Open until filled
Location:               Ottawa

Summary

The Director of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Native Women’s Association of Canada’s framework and strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. The Director of the Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services Unit will also work closely and collaboratively with all NWAC units in a number of other policy areas.  This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The Director of the Family, Housing and Infrastructure will:

  • Supervise the Unit’s research, policy, project and administrative staff;
  • Provide strategic advice to the NWAC Executive Director related to policy and implementation surrounding Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services;
  • Prepare complex briefing notes, reports, position papers, letters and responses to correspondence within tight deadlines for the Executive Director and funders;
  • Develop policies, procedures, forms, templates and work instructions, as needed;
  • Work closely with NWAC communications to develop a communications strategy on housing, infrastructure, water and emergency services, including for social media; provide specific materials to the unit for a communications unit;
  • Ensure the application of a gender and inter-sectional perspective in all policy documents;
  • Monitor, review, help develop, and change legislation affecting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Maintain good relationships with government offices, partners, stakeholders, and members of the public;
  • Adhere to all standards of excellence in file management and record keeping;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic policy issues impacting indigenous women and girls as it related to Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services;
  • Ensure that Unit Team members implement environment scans, backgrounders, fact sheets, briefing notes, letters, press releases, position papers, reports and more;
  • Assign specific portfolio and tasks to team members as applicable;
  • Ensure proper consideration and application of culture and gender based lenses with a focus on Métis, Inuit and First Nations and the LGBTQ2S communities;
  • Develop and implement an NWAC strategic policy framework in the area of Housing, Infrastructure, Food/Water and Emergency Services;
  • Complete relevant administrative tasks;
  • Create an inspiring team environment with an open communication culture;
  • Set clear goals;
  • Communicate clear instructions to the team;
  • Manage the day-to-day operations of the unit;
  • Delegate tasks and set deadlines;

Studies and Experience Requirement

  • University degree in the area of policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or equivalent lived experience working on Indigenous issues will be considered;
  • Minimum of eight years of experience working in the area of policy;
  • Minimum of 8 years of experience in a managerial role;
  • Relevant experience working or volunteering with Indigenous peoples, groups, or organizations is an asset;
  • Experience in managing a diverse workforce;

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to supervise a Team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-appropriate gender-based analysis (training will be provided);
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC Provincial/Territorial Member Associations and with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to work with a team;
  • Ability to carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Experience with managing a diverse workforce;
  • Knowledge of leadership and management principles and practices;
  • Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns and issues  Indigenous
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, housing, etc.);
  • Knowledge of government systems and bureaucracy with regards to funding, politics, public policy and legislation; and,
  • Bilingualism is an asset.

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Career Opportunity – Editor / Communication Specialist

Job Posting:  Editor / Communication Specialist
 
Reports to:           Director of Communication
Salary Range:      $40,000 to $45,000
Term:                      Permanent
Closing Date:       Open until filled
Location:               Ottawa

Summary

The Editor / Communication Specialist will bring expertise to the writing and editing of briefing notes, press releases, and other written materials. The Editor / Communication Specialist will also assist in the development and timely delivery of initiatives that support NWAC in its communications, public relations and messaging strategies. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The NWAC Editor / Communication Specialist will:

  • Evaluate the suitability of reports, briefing notes, press releases for publication, or electronic media and recommend or make changes in content, style and organization;
  • Read and edit copy to be published to detect and correct errors in spelling, grammar and syntax, and shorten or lengthen copy as space or time requires;
  • Confer with the Director of Communication regarding revisions to copy;
  • Plan and implement a layout or format of copy according to space or time allocations and significance of copy;
  • Review and edit documents, reports from the various NWAC units;
  • Assist in communication of strategies or messages from senior leadership;
  • Ability to assist to create media releases for NWAC when required;
  • Assisting in various digital marketing and communications initiatives;
  • Ability to adapt and adjust to changes;
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.

 Studies and Experience Requirement

 BSc / BA in journalism, public relations, communications and English

  • 2-3 years of experience in professional business writing/ editing
  • Experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Excellent knowledge of WordPress;
  • Knowledge and understanding of Social Media principles for business;
  • Strong attention to detail, editing and proofreading capabilities;
  • Ability to work in a team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to take directions and work independently;
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Excellent knowledge of technical documentation best practices;

Knowledge Requirements

  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, health, housing, etc.);
  • Bilingualism is an asset

 

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

Career Opportunity – Junior Policy Advisor – Environment

Job Posting:  Junior Policy Advisor – Environment            

Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $35,000
Term: Permanent
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa

Summary

The Junior Policy Advisor – Environment is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of Native Women’s Association of Canada’s strategies related to advocacy and policy from both a national and international perspective. This entry-level position will support developing and executing NWAC official positions in a number of policy areas pertaining to the environment. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a team that will make a difference in the lives of Indigenous women in Canada and around the world.

General duties

The NWAC Junior Policy Advisor – Environment will:

  • Actively maintain an Environment policy work plan incorporating relevant priorities as identified by Senior Management and based on NWAC Board identified priorities, and operational needs;
  • Assist in providing technical expertise in the areas of Environment Policy development to the President and the Executive Director;
  • Research policy issues and provide advice on international and domestic Environment policy issues impacting Indigenous women and girls.
  • Engage in background research, prepare documents and reports, and analyze data;
  • Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
  • Maintain regular and ongoing communications with the other NWAC departments and the Executive Director;
  • Work with other NIO’s and NGO’s to address issues impacting Indigenous women and girls;
  • Assist in writing reports, factsheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other policy-type documents;
  • Assist in writing proposals; and,
  • Other related duties as required from time to time.

 

Studies

  • Undergraduate degree in environment.

Key Skills

  • Strong writing and verbal communication skills in both plain language and academic styles;
  • Ability to work in a Team and good interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to carry out culturally-relevant gender-based analysis ( training will be provided);
  • Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions within the area, often on short notice;
  • Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively and under pressure;
  • Ability to conduct research in cooperation and consultation with the NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
  • Ability to facilitate meetings;
  • Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Work/Volunteer Experience

  • Minimum 1 year relevant work or volunteer experience with NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government or government agencies or business/corporate entities.

Knowledge Requirements

  • Knowledge and understanding of Environmental issues impacting Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Internationally;
  • Some knowledge and understanding of Indigenous Peoples in Canada and internationally, their cultures, histories and traditions;
  • Knowledge and understanding of contemporary concerns and issues in the doing of Indigenous business in Canada;
  • Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
  • Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
  • Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, health, housing, etc.);
  • Bilingualism is an asset

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:

Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.

Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

 

Offre d’emploi : conseillère ou conseiller junior en politiques – environnement

Relevant de la : directrice générale
Échelle salariale : 35 000 $
Mandat : poste permanent
Date de clôture : poste ouvert jusqu’à ce qu’il soit pourvu
Lieu de travail : Ottawa

Résumé

La conseillère ou le conseiller junior en politiques – environnement participe à tous les aspects de l’élaboration et de la mise en œuvre des stratégies de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada relatives au plaidoyer et aux politiques, d’un point de vue international aussi bien que national. La ou le titulaire de ce poste de niveau débutant appuie l’élaboration et l’exécution de positions officielles de l’AFAC dans certains secteurs de politiques relatifs à l’environnement. C’est une excellente occasion de faire partie d’une équipe qui fera une différence dans la vie des femmes autochtones au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde.

Fonctions générales

La conseillère ou le conseiller junior en politiques – environnement :

  • maintient activement un plan de travail en matière de politiques environnementales intégrant les priorités pertinentes déterminées par la haute direction, qui est fondé sur les priorités définies par le conseil d’administration de l’AFAC et les besoins opérationnels;
  • contribue à l’offre d’expertise technique en matière d’élaboration de politiques environnementales à la présidente et à la directrice générale;
  • fait de la recherche sur des questions de politiques et donne des conseils sur des questions de politiques environnementale sur les plans national et international qui ont des répercussions sur les femmes et les filles autochtones;
  • fait de la recherche de base, prépare des documents et des rapports et analyse des données;
  • communique et collabore avec des organisations gouvernementales et non gouvernementales au besoin;
  • maintient des communications régulières et continues avec les autres services de l’AFAC et la directrice générale;
  • travaille avec d’autres organismes autochtones nationaux et d’autres organisations à but non lucratif à des questions qui ont des répercussions sur les femmes et les filles autochtones;
  • contribue à la rédaction de rapports, de fiches d’information, de notes d’information, de rapports parallèles ou autres documents de type énoncé de politiques;
  • contribue à la rédaction de propositions;
  • exécute d’autres tâches connexes de temps à autre, selon les besoins.

Études

  • Diplôme de premier cycle en environnement

Compétences clés

  • Solides compétences de communication écrite et verbale, en langage simple aussi bien que de style relevé;
  • Capacité à travailler en équipe et entregent
  • Capacité à réaliser des analyses comparatives entre les sexes culturellement pertinentes (formation offerte)
  • Capacité à appliquer un jugement sûr et à prendre des décisions dans le domaine, souvent à peu de préavis
  • Capacité à établir des priorités, à faire preuve de polyvalence et à organiser le travail efficacement sous pression
  • Capacité à effectuer de la recherche en collaboration et consultation avec les associations provinciales et territoriales membres (APTM) de l’AFAC et avec divers intervenants;
  • Capacité à animer des réunions
  • Capacité à superviser ou à faire de la recherche, analyser des données et faire avancer des plaidoyers et des stratégies de communication efficaces sous la supervision de la directrice générale

Expérience de travail/bénévolat

  • Minimum d’un (1) an d’expérience pertinente de travail ou de bénévolat avec des organisations non gouvernementales ou autres, des groupes d’intérêts et le gouvernement ou des organismes gouvernementaux ou des entreprises ou entités d’affaires

Connaissances requises

  • Connaissance et compréhension des questions environnementales qui ont des répercussions sur les peuples autochtones au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde
  • Certaines connaissance et compréhension des peuples autochtones au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde, de leurs cultures, leurs histoires et leurs traditions
  • Connaissance et compréhension des préoccupations et questions contemporaines en ce qui concerne faire des affaires pour les Autochtones au Canada
  • Connaissance et compréhension des questions autochtones et des normes pertinentes de promotion et de protection des droits des femmes autochtones
  • Une certaine connaissance des questions clés qui ont des répercussions sur les femmes et les filles autochtones au Canada et ailleurs dans le monde
  • Une certaine compréhension des politiques sociales (en matière de prévention de la violence, des répercussions de la violence, de la santé, du logement, etc.)
  • Bilinguisme un atout

Envoyez votre curriculum vitae et une lettre d’accompagnement, par courriel de préférence, à :

Christèle Goupy
Ressources humaines
1, rue Nicholas, 9e étage
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 7B7
Courriel : [email protected]

La préférence sera accordée aux candidates et candidats autochtones.

Seules les personnes sélectionnées pour une entrevue seront contactées.

Les entrevues auront lieu à Ottawa ou par téléconférence.

Career Opportunity – Elder/ Senior Advisor

Job Posting: Elder/ Senior Advisor

Reports to: Executive Director
Salary Range: $50,000 to $60,000
Term: Permanent
Closing Date: Open until filled
Location: Ottawa

Summary

The NWAC Elder/ Senior Advisor is involved in all aspects of the development and implementation of the Native Women’s Association of Canadas’ political, policy and program strategies, both at the national and international levels.

General duties

The NWAC Elder/Senior Policy Advisor will:
• Provide advice on issues of concern to Indigenous women and girls and gender diverse people including, housing, environment, human rights, identity/membership, health/healing;
• Provide guidance on cultural protocols;
• Work collaboratively with the NWAC in-house Elder;
• Speak on Indigenous womens’ issues in public, at conferences and meetings, or as required;
• Provide cultural and lived experience expertise and advice to the organization and board of directors, when required;
• Attend high-level meetings with Directors, the Executive Director or the President, as required;
• Provide advice and opinions on existing research, policy positions and international and domestic human rights issues;
• Review background research, and reports and provide advice on data analysis;
• Communicate and collaborate with governmental and non-governmental organizations as necessary;
• Maintain regular and ongoing communication with the Legal team. Programs team and Strategic Policy Team and the NWAC Directors, Executive Director and President;
• Work with other NIO’s and NGO’s to address issues impacting indigenous women and girls;
• Assist in the preparation of power points, reports, fact sheets, briefing notes, shadow reports, or other policy-type documents;
• Assist in the facilitation of focus groups or workshops;
• Assist in supporting families on an as-needed basis;
• Provide advise and suggestions on proposals; and
• Other related duties as required from time to time.

Studies and Work Experience Requirement

• University degree in the area of policy, law, social sciences or other related studies or equivalent lived experience working on Indigenous issues will be considered;

• Minimum of fifteen (15) years of experience working with band councils, NGOs, organizations, interest groups and government, agencies or business/corporate entities;

Key Skills
• Strong verbal communication skills;
• Good writing skills;
• Ability to work in a Team or independently and good interpersonal skills;
• Understanding of culturally-relevant gender-based analysis ( training will be provided);
• Ability to apply sound judgment and make decisions, often on short notice;
• Ability to prioritize, multi-task and organize work effectively;
• Ability to work with NWAC PTMAs and with diverse stakeholders;
• Ability to chair or facilitate meetings;
• Ability to supervise or carry out research, analyzes data, and advance effective advocacy and communication strategies under the supervision of the Executive Director.

Knowledge Requirements

• Knowledge and understanding of historical and contemporary concerns and issues Indigenous
• Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
• Some knowledge and understanding of traditions;
• Understanding and knowledge of Indigenous issues, and norms and standards relevant to promotion and protection of Indigenous women’s rights;
• Some knowledge of key issues impacting Indigenous women and girls in Canada and internationally;
• Some understanding of social policy (including violence prevention and impacts, housing, etc.);
• Bilingualism is considered an asset (Indigenous language and English)

Please submit your resume and cover letter to:
Christèle Goupy
Human Resources
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
[email protected]
(Email submissions preferred).

Preference will be given to Indigenous candidates.
Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
Interviews will be held in Ottawa or by teleconference.

A new deal, a new day: What the USMCA means for the rights of Indigenous women

 

The United States, Mexico and Canada have reached a provisional agreement (the USMCA) on a new trade deal to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). NWAC is encouraged by the inclusion of Article 32.5 of the new USMCA, an exception provision that will ensure that the agreement will not undermine the ability of the parties to fulfill their legal obligations to Indigenous peoples.

NWAC congratulates the Government of Canada in successfully negotiating for the inclusion of this provisions, as trade can have serious implications for the rights and interests of Indigenous peoples, particularly Indigenous women and children.

But, while the Indigenous Rights Exception is an important component of a progressive trade agenda that respects and supports Indigenous peoples, it is not enough. The recognition by the parties to the USMCA that the agreement must not impede a state’s obligations to Indigenous peoples must be understood in the context of Bill C-262 and Article 21.2 of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP).

Bill C-262 is a private members bill introduced by Romeo Saganash and supported by the government, which will recognize UNDRIP as a human rights document with domestic application in Canada and require the conformity of Canada’s laws with the document. Article 21.2 of UNDRIP requires states to take effective and special measures to improve the economic and social conditions of Indigenous peoples, particularly Indigenous women and children.

NWAC encourages the Government of Canada to take full advantage of Article 32.5 of the USMCA and respect its obligations under Article 21.2 of UNDRIP. This requires more than ensuring Indigenous women are no longer disproportionately negatively affected by international trade agreements, but that Indigenous women are provided with meaningful opportunities to equally and fully participate in economic opportunities that flow from trade and to ensure that these economic activities meaningfully and substantially ameliorate the socio-economic condition of Indigenous women and children.

 

Un nouvel accord, un nouveau jour : ce que signifie l’AEUMC pour les droits des femmes autochtones

Les États-Unis, le Mexique et le Canada ont conclu un accord provisoire, l’Accord États-Unis-Mexique-Canada (AEUMC), pour remplacer l’Accord de libre-échange nord-américain (ALENA). L’AFAC est encouragée par l’inclusion du paragraphe 32.5 du nouvel AEUMC, une disposition d’exception garantissant que l’accord ne minera pas la capacité des parties à respecter leurs obligations juridiques envers les peuples autochtones.

L’AFAC félicite le gouvernement du Canada d’avoir négocié et obtenu l’inclusion de cette disposition, puisque le commerce peut avoir des implications graves pour les droits et les intérêts des peuples autochtones, particulièrement les femmes et les enfants autochtones.

Mais, si l’exception relative aux droits des Autochtones est une composante importante d’un programme commercial progressiste qui respecte et soutient les peuples autochtones, ce n’est pas suffisant. La reconnaissance par les parties à l’AEUMC du fait que l’accord ne doit pas entraver les obligations d’un État envers les peuples autochtones doit être comprise dans le contexte du projet de loi C‑262 et du paragraphe 21.2 de la Déclaration des Nations Unies sur les droits des peuples autochtones (DNUDPA).

Le projet de loi C‑262 est un projet de loi émanant d’un député, déposé par Roméo Saganash et appuyé par le gouvernement, qui reconnaîtra la Déclaration des Nations Unies à titre de document sur les droits de la personne ayant des implications sur le plan national au Canada et nécessitant la conformité des lois du Canada à ce document. Le paragraphe 21.2 de la DNUDPA exige des États qu’ils prennent des mesures efficaces et spéciales pour améliorer la situation économique et sociale des peuples autochtones, en particulier celle des femmes et des enfants autochtones.

L’AFAC encourage le gouvernement du Canada à tirer pleinement parti du paragraphe 32.5 de l’AEUMC et respecter ses obligations en vertu du paragraphe 21.2 de la Déclaration des Nations Unies. Celui-ci exige plus que de garantir que les femmes autochtones ne soient plus disproportionnellement affectées négativement par les accords commerciaux internationaux, mais que les femmes autochtones aient des possibilités véritables de participer pleinement et de façon égale aux occasions de développement économique qui découlent du commerce et de garantir que ces activités économiques améliorent véritablement et considérablement la situation socioéconomique des femmes et des enfants autochtones.

NWAC advocates for gender equality and Indigenous rights at CETA forum in Brussels

La traduction en français suivra.

 

Today in Brussels, NWAC participated in the first meeting of the joint Civil Society Forum under the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) – the Canada-European Union free trade agreement. This trade agreement presents an important opportunity for a shift toward sustainable development and climate action that will either further marginalize Indigenous women, or ensure they equally and fairly share in the benefits of a low-carbon, sustainable economy.

This meeting of civil society delegates from organizations throughout the EU and across Canada was convened to build dialogue on the sustainable development aspects of CETA. The constituent civil society organizations in attendance at today’s meeting represent a diverse range of sectors including labour, business, animal protection and nature conservation. NWAC’s participation focused on drawing attention to the disproportionate impacts trade can have on Indigenous women and to advocate for an interpretation of sustainable development that recognizes the importance of gender equality and respect for Indigenous rights.

Throughout the CSF meeting and in a discussion with Canada’s Ambassador to the EU, Daniel Costello, prior to the meeting, NWAC brought attention to the numerous international documents recognizing the international community’s commitments to sustainable development and the fact that all these documents refer to the importance of gender equity and Indigenous rights.

The International community has, through international declarations and common objectives, consistently recognized the important role of women and gender diversity as well as Indigenous rights, to the goals of sustainable development. The Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, Agenda 21 on Environment and Development, the Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development, and the Plan of Implementation of the World Summit on Sustainable Development all recognize the importance of women and Indigenous peoples to sustainable development.

CETA contains chapters which compel the EU and Canada to promote trade that respects the environment and works toward the objectives of Sustainable Development. Such commitments, if respected, will create economic shifts toward renewable energy technologies in order to address climate change. Such a shift from fossil fuels to renewables will create demand for the minerals and metals needed for solar, wind and battery products. Canada has massive reserves and processing capacities for many of the resources needed for the shift to renewable energies, including 14 of the 19 minerals and metals required for the manufacturing of solar panels.

So, while the shift toward sustainable development and low-carbon energy will present a significant opportunity for Canada’s mining industry, the question remains what impact this shift will have on
Indigenous women.

Indigenous women tend to suffer the greatest negative effects of trade liberalization and industrial projects, such as mining, while simultaneously being excluded from the positive effects of trade and industrial activities. This must stop.

The commitments by Canada and the EU to work toward sustainable development demands recognition that Indigenous women have a unique and particular interest in these processes and outcomes. Canada’s domestic policies must be coherent with its international commitments to sustainable development, in both declarations and binding trade agreements, and this requires greater effort as to ensure that the environmental effects of CETA are positive and that the socio-economic opportunities that result from the agreement are shared equally and fairly with Indigenous women.


 

L’AFAC plaide en faveur de l’égalité des sexes et des droits des Autochtones au forum de l’AECG, à Bruxelles

À Bruxelles, aujourd’hui, l’AFAC participait à la première assemblée commune du Forum de la société civile aux termes de l’Accord économique et commercial global (AECG) – l’accord de libre-échange Canada-Union européenne. Cet accord commercial présente une importante opportunité de glissement vers le développement durable et des mesures relatives à la lutte contre les changements climatiques qui auront pour effet de marginaliser davantage les femmes autochtones ou de faire en sorte qu’elles partagent également et équitablement les avantages d’une économie durable à faibles émissions de carbone.

Cette assemblée de délégués de la société civile issus d’organisations de toute l’Union européenne et de partout au Canada a été convoquée pour engager un dialogue sur les aspects de l’AECG relatifs au développement durable. Les organisations constituantes de la société civile qui ont participé à l’assemblée d’aujourd’hui représentent une diversité de secteurs : travail, commerce, protection des animaux et conservation de la nature. La participation de l’AFAC avait pour but d’attirer l’attention sur les répercussions disproportionnées que le commerce peut avoir sur les femmes autochtones et de plaider en faveur d’une interprétation du développement durable reconnaissant l’importance de l’égalité des sexes et le respect des droits des Autochtones.

Pendant toute la durée de ce forum de la société civile et en conversation avec l’ambassadeur du Canada auprès de l’Union européenne, Daniel Costello, avant l’assemblée, l’AFAC a attiré l’attention sur les nombreux documents internationaux qui reconnaissent les engagements de la communauté internationale relativement au développement durable et sur le fait que tous ces documents parlent de l’importance de l’égalité des sexes et des droits des Autochtones.

Par des déclarations internationales et des objectifs communs, la communauté internationale reconnaît constamment l’importance du rôle des femmes et de la diversité des genres ainsi que des droits des Autochtones pour atteindre les objectifs du développement durable. La Déclaration de Rio sur l’environnement et le développement, le programme Action 21 sur l’environnement et le développement, la Déclaration de Johannesburg sur le développement durable et le Plan d’application du Sommet mondial pour le développement durable reconnaissent tous l’importance des femmes et des Autochtones dans l’optique du développement durable.

L’AECG comprend des chapitres qui obligent l’Union européenne et le Canada à promouvoir le commerce de manière respectueuse de l’environnement et à travailler à l’atteinte des objectifs du développement durable. S’ils sont respectés, ces objectifs entraîneront un glissement économique vers des technologies énergétiques renouvelables pour résoudre les problèmes que posent les changements climatiques. Ce glissement des combustibles fossiles vers des combustibles renouvelables entraînera une demande de minéraux et de métaux nécessaires à la production d’appareils qui fonctionnent à l’énergie solaire, éolienne et à piles. Le Canada a des réserves massives et des capacités de traitement pour beaucoup des ressources nécessaires à ce glissement vers les énergies renouvelables, y compris 14 des 19 minéraux et métaux requis pour la fabrication de panneaux solaires.

Ainsi, même si le glissement vers le développement durable et l’énergie à faibles émissions de carbone présente une opportunité considérable pour l’industrie minière du Canada, la question des répercussions de ce glissement sur les femmes autochtones demeure.

La tendance démontre que les femmes autochtones souffrent des principaux effets négatifs de la libéralisation du commerce et de la réalisation de projets industriels comme l’exploitation minière, tout en étant simultanément exclues des effets positifs du commerce et de l’activité industrielle. Il faut que ça cesse.

Les engagements du Canada et de l’Union européenne de favoriser le développement durable exigent la reconnaissance du fait que les femmes autochtones ont un intérêt particulier dans ces processus et ces résultats. Les politiques internes du Canada doivent être en accord avec ses engagements internationaux à l’égard du développement durable, dans les déclarations et les accords de commerce contraignants, ce qui exige un effort plus considérable pour assurer que les effets environnementaux de l’AECG soient positifs et que les femmes autochtones partagent également et équitablement les occasions de développement socioéconomique qui résultent de cet accord.

Nikki Fraser, Western Regional Youth Representative for NWAC, One of Ten Canadians Chosen by CBC to Interview the Prime Minister

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(January 31, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) ― Nikki Fraser is not your typical 25 year-old. She’s a mover and a shaker, a mother of two, an Indigenous woman from Tk’emlups Te Secwepemc (one of the 17 bands within the Secwepemc Nation) – and she’s our Regional Youth Representative for the West here at the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

Between her story, her warmth and her tenacity, and her tireless commitment toward ending violence against Indigenous women and girls, Nikki caught our eye at NWAC long ago. Now, Nikki has also captured the attention of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation – and the entire country.

Nikki was invited to travel all the way from her home province of British Columbia to partake in CBC’s segment: “Face to Face with the Prime Minister” in Ottawa – which aired tonight (January 31, 2016) on The National.

Nikki was one of ten Canadians individually selected for this segment from across the country, for a one-on-one meeting with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Nikki and the other nine individuals selected were given the opportunity to interview the Prime Minister on a topic of their choosing – and that topic for Nikki was missing and murdered Indigenous women.

Congratulations, Nikki!
QUOTES

 

“I do this work in honour of my Aunty Dorothy and my cousin Samantha, and the other beautiful Indigenous women and girls stolen from our nation. Despite the harsh reality that I and so many other young Indigenous ladies live, I will continue to honour them and seek justice.”
-Nikki Fraser, NWAC Regional Youth Representative for Western Canada

“Nikki has an incomparable energy about her. We are so grateful to have her, and so proud of her for fearlessly bringing this issue directly before the Prime Minister. Everyone at NWAC applauds you Nikki for your bravery and unwavering commitment to the cause. You are an inspiration to women and girls everywhere – Indigenous and non-Indigenous alike.”
-Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

 

The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Aboriginal women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Aboriginal women in Canada. To make a donation to NWAC, please visit nwac.ca.

 

 

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For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: [email protected]