L’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) a célébré sa 44e assemblée générale annuelle en fin de semaine avec son conseil d’administration et des déléguées de tout le pays, qui ont adopté le règlement administratif no 14 avec un soutien remarquable. Pour célébrer une année de réalisations historiques, l’événement de trois jours a commencé par un gala, suivi de la discussion de questions de grande importance pour les femmes, les filles et les personnes de diverses identités de genre autochtones de partout au pays.

Au gala, la ministre Carolyn Bennett des Relations Couronne-Autochtones a prononcé le discours thème en soulignant l’importance de la guérison et de la résilience.

La ministre des Relations Couronne-Autochtones, Carolyn Bennett, livrant le discours thème de la 44e assemblée générale annuelle de l’AFAC.

Étaient également présents la sous-ministre adjointe d’Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada, Jane Taylor, et un commissaire de l’Enquête nationale sur les femmes et les filles autochtones disparues et assassinées, Brian Eyolfson.

« Nous entreprenons notre 45e année avec la direction claire et précise de poursuivre la réalisation de notre mandat, c’est-à-dire l’autonomisation des femmes, des filles et des personnes de diverses identités de genre citoyennes des Premières Nations, inuites et métisses », a déclaré la présidente de l’AFAC, Francyne Joe.

Les déléguées ont adopté des résolutions en matière de politiques pour diriger l’AFAC dans sa 45e année en accord avec le Plan stratégique 2018-2021 du conseil d’administration. L’organisation se concentrera notamment sur la guérison et la résilience, l’inclusivité des personnes LGBTQ+ et bispirituelles/Deux-Esprits, ainsi que sur les questions environnementales.

C’est avec enthousiasme que nous envisageons une autre année remplie de réalisations historiques, y compris la grande ouverture du nouvel immeuble de l’AFAC au début de 2019. Cet immeuble imprégné de culture est un centre d’innovation sociale et culturelle consacré à des activités génératrices de revenus pour l’organisation à but non lucratif. L’immeuble comprendra, entre autres, des locaux d’ateliers pour des projets continus d’appropriation culturelle fondés sur la notion de genre pour les femmes, les filles et les personnes de diverses identités de genre autochtones, ainsi que de la formation à l’intention du secteur public et du secteur privé.

Pour en apprendre davantage au sujet de l’année qui vient à l’AFAC, consultez notre site Web ou communiquez directement avec nous.

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

343-997-3756 [email protected]

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) celebrated its 44th Annual General Assembly this weekend with its Board of Directors and delegates from across the country who passed NWAC’s bylaw 14 with overwhelming support. The three-day event started with a gala to celebrate a historic year of achievements followed by discussing significant issues to Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people across the country.

At the gala, Minister Carolyn Bennett of Crown-Indigenous Relations delivered the keynote speech highlighting the importance of healing and resiliency.

Minister Carolyn Bennett of Crown-Indigenous Relations delivering the keynote speech at NWAC’s 44th AGA.

Others in attendance included Assistant Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Jane Taylor and a Commissioner on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Brian Eyolfson.

“We are embarking on our 45th year with clear and set direction to further our mandate to empower First Nations, Inuit and Métis women, girls and gender-diverse people,” said NWAC’s President Francyne Joe.

Delegates voted on policy resolutions to steer NWAC into its 45th year in accordance with the Board of Director’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021. Some of the organization’s focus will include healing and resiliency, LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit inclusivity, and environmental issues.

We are excited for another year filled with historic accomplishments, including the grand opening of NWAC’s new building in early 2019. This culturally infused building is a social and cultural innovation centre dedicated to in-house revenue-building activities for the non-profit organization. This includes workshop space for ongoing culturally appropriate and gender-specific projects for Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people, as well as training for public and private sectors.

To find out more about NWAC’s upcoming year please visit our website or contact us directly.

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


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TNWSG’s Executive Director, Ann Batisse (left), with NWAC’s Executive Director Lynne Groulx (right) at the NWAC national office in Ottawa.

Ottawa, ON – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is honoured to announce a new Ontario representative to its nationwide Provincial and Territorial Member Associations (PTMAs) and Board of Directors, the Temiskaming Native Women’s Support Group (TNWSG).

Executive Director, Ann Batisse, traveled from TNWSG’s headquarters on Matachewan First Nation on Thursday, September 5th to meet with NWAC’s Executive Director Lynne Groulx at the NWAC national office in Ottawa.

Since its incorporation in 1997, TNWSG is mandated to represent the worldview and needs of Indigenous women and their families. Their membership will filter the grassroots voices of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people within Ontario to the national level at NWAC.

This membership will not only strengthen NWAC and TNWSG, but will strengthen the voices of the people we collectively represent. This will further the capacity of both organizations to deliver social, economic, cultural and health services.

NWAC welcomes TNWSG and encourages you to learn more about this organization and the services they provide by visiting their website.

Welcome TNWSG!

NWAC will be celebrating its 44th Annual General Assembly this weekend where all of the NWAC Board of Directors and Delegates will gather and we can welcome TNWSG to the entire NWAC community.


FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Lucy Juneau – Director of Communications

343-997-3756 [email protected]


(Ottawa, ON) In conjunction with the National Capital Pride week, The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is reaching out to our LGBTQ+, Trans, gender-diverse, and Two-Spirit individuals to ensure you know you are valuable, deserve full inclusion in our communities and always have a safe space at NWAC.

NWAC recognizes members of the Indigenous LGBTQ+ and Two-Spirit community need increased, specialized services and advocacy and NWAC is dedicated to improving our commitment to you. We acknowledge these individuals are continuously left out of the conversation. We sincerely apologize for the remaining gaps in our services and advocacy and promise to fill these to properly reflect the strength and diversity of our communities.

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.

NWAC is making dedicated efforts to be more inclusive of Trans, Two-Spirit, and gender non-conforming people. A new era is here as NWAC embarks on establishing renewed relationships with these communities and by revising our mandate to be inclusive of not only all Indigenous women and girls, but also inclusive of Two-Spirit and gender-diverse individuals.

Additionally, NWAC’s Strategic Plan 2018-2021 is gender-diverse inclusive and we are in the process of updating our by-laws and developing education materials for our staff to ensure all of our future work is gender-inclusive. This includes an engagement framework that is trauma-informed and culturally-appropriate to help us understand the specific issues impacting gender-diverse Indigenous people. We are collaborating with community partners who are at the forefront of this work to ensure we properly implement greater diversity and representation.

NWAC is fully committed to creating safe-spaces for Trans, Two-Spirit, gender-diverse, and LGBTQ+ members of our communities to empower and include all on our path to reconciliation. We must stand together and unite to work towards a decolonized future.




The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is saddened, but not surprised, by the sexual abuse allegations of Manitoba Hydro employees against Indigenous women from Fox Lake Cree Nation and surrounding area from the 1950s – 1980s. NWAC continuously speaks out on the horrific, violent actions carried out by energy industries against Indigenous women and calls on Manitoba Hydro and the RCMP to take accountability for the alleged abuse against Indigenous women.

“The rates of sexual exploitation and violence against Indigenous women didn’t just appear from nothing, they are a process of history,” said NWAC’s President, Francyne Joe. “Sexual violence is nothing new for Indigenous women. It is the history of a war against our people. A war taken out on our women.”

The Clean Environment Commission report released in 2018 reported offences including cases of sexual abuse, physical abuse and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police’s (RCMP) failure to take the complaints of Indigenous women seriously leading to further exploitation. These allegations highlight the past and present connections between the energy industry, policing, and the ongoing epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in Canada.  This is especially evident in resource heavy regions like Manitoba.

The destructive, resource-intensive, and often forced practices of resource extraction are primary examples of why colonialist conquest and genocide continues today.   The simultaneous violence against the land and Indigenous peoples, disproportionately affects women and girls. “It is the same ethic that allows industries to feel entitled to desecrate our sacred lands that allows them to feel entitled to the bodies of our women and children,” said Joe.

These experiences are well documented in the more than 1000 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in the past decade.  “Indigenous women aren’t inherently vulnerable. They are vulnerable because they are targeted,” said Joe.  Closer attention must be paid to the social and economic ways in which industry and development are impacting Indigenous women’s safety, right to life, and the right to live a life free of violence.

NWAC calls on Manitoba Hydro and the RCMP to take responsibility for their neglect and active participation in the exploitation and abuse of Indigenous women involved in these cases. Indigenous women need safe spaces to come forward and tell their stories.  Additionally, to ensure accountability, Manitoba Hydro and the RCMP must submit to a collaborative review of their current process.  This is to prevent the continuation of violence, to recognize their failures and to acknowledge how these failures continue to impact Indigenous women




The Native Women’s Association of Canada addressed the Premiers of Canada’s provinces today in Saint Andrews, New Brunswick.  President Francyne Joe delivered a message of collaboration, inclusion, and reconciliation on behalf of First Nation, Métis and Inuit women of many Nations.

For 45 years, NWAC has been advocating for the rights of Indigenous women.  We remain at the forefront of human rights work in Canada and at the international level.  Our focus is in the promotion of equality, human rights, education, health care, violence prevention and safety for all Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people.  As a National Indigenous Organization with a gender-specific focus, we work to enhance the lives and well-being of Indigenous women from coast to coast to coast.

President Francyne Joe stated, “NWAC is in New Brunswick today to share with provincial leaders, the importance of Indigenous women’s self-determination as rights holders, language transmitters, mothers, grandmothers, and aunties.”

NWAC wishes to build stronger partnerships and relationships with the premiers and provinces to ensure Indigenous women are included in collaboration.  President Joe added, “NWAC’s appearance at the Premiers conference has nothing to do about politics and everything to do with improving the conditions for Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.”

The well-being and advancement of all Indigenous peoples rests on the strength and safety of Indigenous women, girls, and gender-diverse people.  The valued inclusion of Indigenous women’s voices as an equal in all conversation and consultation will be the pathway to true reconciliation.