The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off-reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural, and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canadian societies. Since 1974, NWAC has established strong and lasting governance structures, decision-making processes, financial policies and procedures, and networks to help achieve its overall mission and goals. Today, NWAC engages in national and international advocacy aimed at legislative and policy reforms that promote equality for Indigenous women, girls, Two-Spirit, and gender diverse people, including LGBTQ+ people. Through advocacy, policy, and legislative analysis, NWAC works to preserve Indigenous culture and advance the well-being of all Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people, as well as their families and communities.

NWAC envisions a world where all Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people have equal access to health, regardless of race, class, status, gender, age, sexual orientation or geographic location. The right to health must be understood from a holistic perspective and must include access to community-based and culturally-safe services and supports. 

“Indigenous women know what they need to heal, they just need adequate resources to do it.”
(First Nations participant during NWAC’s Northern Health Engagement Session in Watson Lake, Yukon, December 2018).