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).
We continue to work with our many partners through several Coalitions to advance the rights of Indigenous women. One example of such work includes our research and working with women who have been sexually exploited such as our participation as Interveners in the Bedford case which went to the Supreme Court of Canada on the issue of the legalization of prostitution, where we argued to criminalize traffickers, pimps, johns but not women and to eradicate poverty and discrimination to offer Aboriginal women true choices.
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)