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!
“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
Native Women’s Association of Canada