NWAC Marks International Women’s Day 2016

NWAC Marks International Women’s Day 2016

 

(March 8, 2016) (Ottawa, ON) – Today on International Women’s Day, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) joins voices on every continent in celebrating the vital role women play in our communities.

Despite ongoing structures of discrimination, women hold a growing number of powerfully influential roles around the world and here at home in Canada. We know that without our mothers, grandmothers, sisters, daughters and aunties, our very way of life would crumble.

In certain Indigenous cultures, women retain a special and distinct relationship to water; rooted in cultural beliefs, social practices and economic contexts. When it comes to many of our teachings surrounding language and culture, women are the carriers of this knowledge ― ultimately holding our traditions, and by extension our families and communities, together.

As the national voice for Indigenous women in Canada, NWAC seeks to express deep respect, appreciation and love toward all women ― who, against all odds, are keeping our communities alive around the world in so many ways.

On behalf of all of us at the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Happy International Women’s Day!

 

QUOTE:

“Indigenous women are the epitome of strength and resilience. Our women are leaders, life givers, caregivers, healers, decision-makers, and the very heartbeat and lifeblood of our communities. Without our women, there would be no community at all. Today and every day, I encourage both Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples alike to give thanks to the women in their lives for all that they do for us.”
―Dawn Lavell-Harvard, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada

 

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jenn Jefferys
Native Women’s Association of Canada
jjefferys@nwac.ca
+1 613-485-1988

NWAC Senior Manager of Violence Prevention and Safety, Gail Gallagher, Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship

NWAC Senior Manager of Violence Prevention and Safety, Gail Gallagher, Awarded Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship


The Native Women’s Association of Canada asks that you join us in congratulating our Senior Manager of Violence Prevention and Safety, Gail Gallagher, who has been awarded a substantial academic scholarship from the University of Alberta.

 

Ms. Gallagher is a proud First Nations Cree woman from Frog Lake First Nation, Alberta, who currently resides in the Nation’s capital. Currently, Gail is in her last year of her Masters’ degree with the Native Studies Faculty at the University of Alberta.

 

Her thesis focuses on the sexual exploitation and marginalization of Aboriginal women and ways that Aboriginal activism works to reduce this – critical subject matter that will not only continue to benefit her expertise in her role at NWAC, but will also contribute to the growing body academic research into the issue of Indigenous women’s social, economic and cultural inequality in Canada.
“The Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarship for Masters level work is an outstanding achievement,” says NWAC Executive Director, Claudette Dumont-Smith. “I ask that all NWAC staff, board members and friends across Canada join me in congratulating Ms. Gallagher today on this extraordinary achievement. Gail’s work will undoubtedly inspire more Native women like her to succeed academically.”

 

Prior to her employment as the Senior Manager of Violence Prevention & Safety with the Native Women’s Association of Canada, Gail earned extensive work experience through building partnerships and relationships at the federal, provincial and First Nations regional levels.

 

Congratulations, Gail!

 

For more information, please contact:

Lynne Groulx
Executive Director
1 Nicholas Street, 9th Floor
Ottawa, ON K1N 7B7
Toll-free 1-800-461-4043
Tel: 613-722-3033 ext. 223
Email: lgroulx@nwac.ca