1974 - Native Women's Association of Canada was established

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 and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. NWAC is an aggregate of thirteen Native women’s organizations from across Canada and was incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1974.


To help empower women by being involved in developing and changing legislation which affects them, and by involving them in the development and delivery of programs promoting equal opportunity for Aboriginal women.


The principles or objectives of the Native Women’s Association of Canada are as follows:

  • to be the national voice for Native women;

  • to address issues in a manner which reflects the changing needs of Native women in Canada;

  • to assist and promote common goals towards self-determination and self-sufficiency for Native peoples in our role as mothers and leaders;

  • to promote equal opportunities for Native women in programs and activities;

  • to serve as a resource among our constituency and Native communities;

  • to cultivate and teach the characteristics that are unique aspects of our cultural and historical traditions;

  • to assist Native women’s organi­zations, as well as community initiatives in the development of their local projects; and to advance issues and concerns of Native women; and to link with other Native organizations with common goals.


Digging Deeper

The NWAC is an excellent source of information for learning more about Native women's issues in Canada. There are lots of resources for researching, teaching, and participating in actions that will support Native women and girls in Canada. They have resources for the policy areas of

  • Health

  • Environment

  • Human rights

  • Business, employment and Social development

  • Violence prevention and safety

In addition to policy, they have a news division, and resources specifically to help understand and take action for the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two Spririt people in Canada, also known as MMIWG2S, MMIW and MMIWG.

High School Resources

Junior High School Resources

Elementary School Resources

Wild Berries,

Julie Flett,

Age 4-8 -

English and Swampy Cree language book about learning and relationship with the land from your grandmother.


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