In February 2019, the Native Women’s Association of Canada signed the Canada – NWAC Accord. The Accord formally recognizes that NWAC’s participation in international events can contribute to global advocacy efforts aimed at advancing the rights of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people. This recognition enables NWAC to draw attention to the situation of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people in Canada, and forge links with other Indigenous human rights activists and movements across the globe. The Accord formally acknowledges that such international cross-border and inter-community exchanges provide invaluable opportunities to share knowledge and experience, and to build solidarity among Indigenous human rights actors.
NWAC’s international engagement remains an effective way of voicing domestic human rights concerns to the outside world, especially through the United Nations and International human rights systems. NWAC regularly participates in various international events to ensure Indigenous voices in Canada are heard in relevant discussions at all levels. Such meetings include the UN Commission on the Status of Women, UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.