Government Cuts More Funding to the Native Women’s Association of Canada
June 12, 2013 (Ottawa, ON) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is shocked by the letter they received by the Department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada announcing additional cuts to project funds, effective immediately.
NWAC says that the federal government is cutting its budget by up to 30 per cent starting this year, and that it will directly affect NWAC programs just as it has for other National Aboriginal organizations like the Assembly of First Nations.
NWAC, the recognized national Aboriginal Women’s organization, already receives less funding then its counterparts, yet NWAC delivers outcomes on every front, and this latest round of cuts will only add to the already heavy load.
“It is my job to advocate for those who are most marginalized and who may not have a voice at the national level – namely, Aboriginal women. No matter what happens I will continue to raise the concerns of Aboriginal women and their families and work to improve the lives of our Peoples for future generations,” said Michèle Audette, NWAC President.
This year NWAC will host their Annual General Assembly in Ottawa on August 9-11, 2013 and the theme will be, ‘Education = Economic Development = Empowerment’. “Aboriginal women are resilient and will persevere no matter what comes our way. We are ready and willing to create partnerships to help ourselves, but the Government seems to be impeding on that process rather than facilitating it.” continued Audette.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) works to advance the well-being of Aboriginal women and girls, as well as their families and communities through policy, program and legislative analysis and advocacy. NWAC was incorporated in 1974 and is one of the five officially recognized National Aboriginal Organizations (NAOs) whose purpose is to represent and speak, at the national level, on behalf of Aboriginal women in Canada.
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