"NWAC holds a vision for program and policy that reflects the needs of Aboriginal women and families. This vision includes opportunities for women in the labour market, including opportunities for training and employment to allow for Aboriginal women to secure full-time, well-paying jobs, as well as benefits to support the needs of both individuals and families."
"An Environmental Assessment (EA) is a process used to identify and mitigate the environmental effects a project may have on the environment before the project is carried out. It can also be referred to as Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA)."
"Today women are reasserting themselves. Much of the power women once held in their communities has been lost. While the residential schools are closed and the Indian Act amended, there are still many lingering effects of assimilationist policies. But there is hope. Women are regaining their roles as caretakers, leaders, and nurturers of their communities; they can find their voices once again. It is the aim of this Toolkit to empower Aboriginal women to have a voice in environmental decision-making that affect their communities now and for the next seven generations."
"The Native Women’s Association of Canada, as a national voice for Aboriginal women to collectively enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Aboriginal women includes our role as care takers of the land. In this regard, our organization strives to ensure Aboriginal women have a voice and retain our rightful role and representation as, authorities on land use, management and ownership. We are leaders within our own right and capable of advancing our interests that are often intertwined with, education, health, and the environment."
"Canadian Aboriginal women share this global experience of discrimination and violations of their fundamental rights, as evidenced by the high levels of violence against Aboriginal women, inadequate housing and income, and the low levels of employment, education, entrepreneurship and overall economic advancement. They rely more heavily on social assistance and are more likely to head up a single parent family than their male counterparts. Aboriginal women face socio- economic challenges unlike those faced by any other woman in the country."
"Where they will put their heads down to sleep each night, whether that place is warm, healthy and safe, whether it is where they want to be, and whether it will be available and can be paid for the next night and the next month, are not worries that the majority of Canadians have. For some segments of the population however, such worries frame and plague their waking moments, and disturb or even destroy the restorative value of sleep which others take for granted."
"The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) appreciates the invitation extended to National Aboriginal Organization leaders to meet with the Prime Minister and Premiers prior to this First Minister’s Meeting, and to focus this meeting on Aboriginal issues. NWAC has worked for over 34 years to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Aboriginal women in Canada.
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