Ottawa, ON- Today marks the beginning of the 63rd session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) at the UN headquarters in New York. Global leaders, non-profit organizations, UN member states and activists from around the world gather to discuss the rights and empowerment of women and girls. The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is attending to represent the distinct perspectives of Indigenous women across Canada.

NWAC hosted a side event today titled, “Empowering Indigenous Women in Canada” to discuss violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada, employment development, access to supports and best practices, and gaps in services.

NWAC Executive Director Lynne Groulx identified an urgent need for healing services in Canada stemming from colonialism and different forms of inter-generational traumas noting survivors are in acute need of culturally appropriate services. 

In Canada, systemic racism and the legacy of colonialism continue to hinder equal access to basic infrastructure, public services and social supports for Indigenous women and girls. Many of our communities do not have access to clean water, transportation, equitable healthcare, safe housing, and essential services. Yet, many view Canada as a global leader for human rights.

In 2019, there is no excuse for these ongoing inequities. Indigenous women must be at all decision-making tables on all issues affecting our lives. It’s time Indigenous women lead the change.

NWAC looks forward to connecting with other organizations, leaders, and activists advocating for women’s rights and gender equality globally throughout the week. We must surpass colonial boarders to form an international alliance of Indigenous women and strengthen the international alliance of all women to make gender equality a reality.


For more information please contact Lucy Juneau – Director of Communications. 343-997-3756