- By Rising Sun Staff
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) had a recent change in leadership as President Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard resigned from the position. After a one-year term, Lavell-Harvard stepped down in order to spend more time with her family.
Lavell-Harvard will stay on as the President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association, a position she has held for eleven years. In regards to her resignation Lavell-Harvard said, “I am deeply committed to working towards the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls, but my top priority has always been my three young daughters.”
Francyne Joe of the BC Native Women’s Association has replaced Lavell-Harvard as Interim President. The transition occurred during the 42nd Annual General Assembly in Gatineau, Quebec.
“It is an honour and a privilege to accept the esteemed position of President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada,” Joe said at the event, “I look forward to working closely with our federal, provincial, territorial and community partners to work toward the political, social, economic and cultural advancement of Indigenous women, their families and their communities.”
Joe is known for her work accessing funding for education and career development and advocating with families for a National Inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. She is passionate about employment law and hopes to put these skills to good use.
The Annual General Assembly hosted over 70 Indigenous women and leaders from across the country, as well as 40 observers and guests. This has been a critical time for NWAC due to current government and Indigenous relations. Their hope is to push the focus onto the key issues affecting Indigenous women.