Aboriginal Affairs Working Group (AAWG)

Our Priorities

It is WMN’s goal to continue to enhance the role of Métis women in their communities, nationally and internationally. In that regard, WMN has established the following priorities:

  1. To be the recognized voice of Metis women nationally and internationally 
  2. To raise awareness of issues relevant to Métis women and the Métis community;
  3. To establish a democratically accountable governance model and ensure that WMN has grass-root support among the women of the Métis Nation;
  4. To operate in a transparent and fiscally accountable manner;
  5. To participate effectively in influencing public policy and decision making related to concerns and aspirations of Métis women at all levels of Aboriginal and Canadian government;
  6. To maintain the cultural distinctiveness and preserve the cultural identity of Métis women;
  7. To enhance the role of Métis women as keepers of traditional Métis knowledge and culture;
  8. To enhance the cultural education and development of young Métis and the Métis people as a whole;
  9. To preserve and promote the Métis culture, traditions and Michif language;
  10. To develop a plan to address health issues relevant to the Métis community including availability of health services, mental health issues, and alcohol and drug addiction;
  11. To address issues of violence against Métis women including raising awareness and racial sensitivity in the justice system to promote healing;
  12. To enhance the social and economic development of Métis women and the Metis community;
  13. To assist the Métis National Council (MNC) and its Board of Governors to strengthen Métis Nation citizenship; and
  14. To work with the Federal Government in the development of a long-term economic strategy for the Métis Nation.
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