NWAC envisions a world where human activity contributes to sustainable natural environments, including a clean and stable global climate. All Indigenous women must fairly benefit from low-carbon sustainable economic activities.
Indigenous women face significant challenges relating to climate; it has more of an impact on Indigenous women than on Indigenous men and non-Indigenous people. The socio-economic relationships between Indigenous women and natural environments is being negatively affected by the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and climate change. NWAC is working to ensure that Indigenous women’s voices are heard, and they equitably benefit from measures at the local, national and international levels to address this challenge.
NWAC engages in national and international climate change discussions to advocate for the rights and interests of Indigenous women. NWAC engages in multi-stakeholder groups that work to find common ground and promote meaningful climate action, engages in discussions on trade-related environmental matters including climate change, and participates in United Nations climate conferences. This includes the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.
Through these engagements, NWAC advocates for greater inclusion of Indigenous women in decision-making relating to climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.