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Native Women's Association of Canada signs accord to play policy-making role

Carolyn Bennett (centre right), Minister of Crown Indigenous Relations and Francyne Joe (centre left), President of the Native Women's Association of Canada pose for a photograph with members of the Native Women's Association of Canada, after a signing ceremony in Ottawa, Friday, Feb.1, 2019, to ensure the organization can fully participate in efforts to address issues - including those related to Indigenous health, housing and education. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
February 01, 2019 - 7:03 AM

OTTAWA - The federal government is signing a new accord with the Native Women's Association of Canada to ensure the organization can fully participate in efforts to improve Indigenous health, housing and education.

Francyne Joe, president of the association, says the accord will ensure the voices of Indigenous women, girls and gender-diverse people will be heard by policy-makers developing programs, services and laws.

She says that for too long the voices of Indigenous matriarchs, knowledge-keepers and water-carriers have been left out of discussions directly affecting their communities and nations.

Joe says the accord, which is being signed today, is an important step towards reconciliation and healing.

Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett says she believes policies are only good if the people affected by them are involved in setting them.

Bennett says that's why it's important that Indigenous women will be part of policy-making.

News from © The Canadian Press, 2019
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