MEDIA RELEASE -NWAC ADDRESSES PREMIERS AT COUNCIL OF THE FEDERATION

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 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.

MEDIA RELEASE -NWAC ADDRESSES PREMIERS AT COUNCIL OF THE FEDERATION

NWAC SHARING KNOWLEDGE IN BOLIVIA, SOUTH AMERICA

February 26, 2018

OTTAWA – ON – The Native Women’s Association of Canada has accepted an invitation to visit South America to share experiences and best practices with Indigenous women in Bolivia.  Executive Director of NWAC, Lynne Groulx will provide her profound insights, passion for Indigenous women’s rights and knowledge with local organizations in the capital city of La Paz.

The Political Affairs section of the Canadian Embassy has been working with Indigenous women’s groups in this region of South America regarding women’s issues.  Following consultations and input, there was a strong desire to foster cooperation and exchange knowledge and experiences from Indigenous women in Canada.  Executive Director Lynne Groulx stated, “This is an opportunity to provide a broader understanding, share NWAC success stories and offer tools that will be of great value to Indigenous women in leadership in Bolivia.  This is a unique opportunity to bring Indigenous women from two different parts of the world together to share knowledge and experiences based on similar forms of injustice and inequities.”

During this mission, Executive Director Lynne Groulx will facilitate several presentations and consultations on Indigenous women in leadership, building the capacity of women’s organizations, engaging with government officials and combatting discrimination and violence against women.  The international visit began Sunday, February 25th and will continue through February 28th.  Groulx added, “Given the mandate of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, it will be an honour to confront these issues and initiate change for Indigenous women in Bolivia.”

NWAC will also travel to Brazil, South America at the end of March 2018 to provide Indigenous women leaders in Brazil with advocacy tools as it relates to the psychological and physical well being of Indigenous women.

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Joël Lamoureux – Media Relations Officer – 613-722-3033 X100 – Cell 343-997-1354  [email protected]

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NWAC FAULTS BROKEN SYSTEMS WITH LACK OF JUSTICE FOR TINA FONTAINE

February 23, 2018

OTTAWA, ON – The Native Women’s Association of Canada is disheartened upon hearing the verdict in the Raymond Cormier murder trial.  Injustice has again been imposed on Tina Fontaine, her family and Indigenous people.  We are disillusioned that the social and justice systems that are supposed to protect children are doing exactly the opposite.

When will action be taken to change a justice system that is defective and unjust for Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people?  NWAC President Francyne Joe stated, “The inequities, pain and helplessness caused by broken systems that Tina faced throughout her life are unimaginable for most.  Sadly, these same experiences have become normalized for Indigenous people.”  She added, “The guilty or not guilty verdict does not change the fact that another Indigenous child was mishandled by the system and became the victim of a violent crime.  As the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls visits Rankin Inlet this week, we are reminded of the importance of the Inquiry and the work that must be done to save lives.”

The Indigenous youth of our Nations are witnessing the tragic cases of victimization and marginalization of Indigenous women.  If Indigenous youth are to have a just future, the systems must change and the violence against Indigenous women must end.  Indigenous women, girls and two-spirited people are sacred and the devastating outcomes of their lives are much more than social or justice system statistics!  President Francyne Joe added, “The time for “wanting” to find solutions has long passed.  Indigenous people can no longer be marginalized and immediate action is critical.”

For the youth of our Indigenous Nations: we ask that you hear our important message for you.  You are the most precious gift to your family and to the world.  Hear our hearts and know that you are loved, important, equal, cherished, admired, respected, beautiful, valued and resilient. Know that you have unlimited power to follow your dreams.  Now more than ever, the country and the world need you to be true to who you are and be true to your spirit.  Do not let the actions of a few take away the pride you have for your culture and who you are.  You are the future.  Be proud of who you are, dream big, and believe in yourself.

Our love is with Tina Fontaine’s family and the countless Indigenous families that continue to suffer in silence.  Together, we join hearts across the Nations to honour the family and the legacy of Tina Fontaine.  NWAC will continue our advocacy work with families and survivors of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two Spirit individuals in order to demand that stories like Tina Fontaine’s are not repeated.

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The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations, Métis and Inuit women. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Lynne Groulx – Executive Director – 613-722-3033  X223 – 1-800-461-4043  [email protected]
Joël Lamoureux – Media Relations Officer – 613-722-3033 X100 – Cell 343-997- 1354  [email protected]