Minister's Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women

VISION, MISSION AND PHILOSOPHY

VISION: A world where all Aboriginal peoples live free of violence and are healthy, sustainable and self-determining.

MISSION: To improve the quality of life for Aboriginal women.

PHILOSOPHY: MACAW honours Aboriginal worldviews and works from a holistic perspective of women. Thus, when we speak of women, we consider this to be inclusive of, but not limited to, children, family, community, nation, wellness, justice, land and water.

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MACAW draws inspiration from Article 22 of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

  1. Particular attention shall be paid to the rights and special needs of Indigenous Elders, women, youth, children and persons with disabilities in the implementation of this Declaration.
  2. States shall take measures, in conjunction with Indigenous peoples, to ensure that Indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.

GOVERNANCE

Terms of Reference

Standards of Ethical Conduct

Position Descriptions

Core Competencies

MEMBERS

MACAW is comprised of up to 10 respected Aboriginal women from across British Columbia. It has a Chair, a Vice-Chair and eight members. One position is designated for an Elder Representative and another for a Youth Representative. Members are appointed by the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation based on criteria of diversity, experience and regional representation. To meet the council member see biographies

Name

 

Position

Term

Chastity Davis

Tla’amin Nation

Chair

2012 – Present

Barbara Ward-Burkitt

Fort McKay First Nation

Vice-Chair

2014 – Present

Paulette Flamond

Métis

Member

2011 – Present

Dr. Lorna Williams

Lil’wat

Member

2014 – Present

Coreen Child

Kwakiutl First Nation

Member

2016 – Present

Karen Joseph

Kwakwaka’wakw

Member

2016 – Present

Linda Thomas

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

Member

2016 – Present

GIVING VOICE

In Canada, one in two women is a victim of violence. However, despite representing a small percentage of the overall population, Aboriginal women are three times more likely to be victims of violence, and those violent situations are eight times more likely to end in homicide. Violence against Aboriginal women exists for a variety of reasons, including patriarchal and discriminatory legislation implemented by past governments – leading to historical and ongoing oppression – residential schools, and systemic racism and sexism.

There are many strong, courageous individuals and organizations that work diligently to stop violence against women and girls. To add to these efforts, MACAW launched Giving Voice in 2013. These projects provided Aboriginal women, men, youth and Elders a safe opportunity to “give voice” to issues of violence within their lives, families and communities. These community-led projects aimed to stop violence against Aboriginal women and girls by changing behaviours and attitudes, and mobilizing communities.

In 2013-2014, the Province provided $70,000 in funding to 13 projects. Watch a brief video called Giving Voice.

Over 2014-2016, the Province provided $350,000 in funding to 37 projects. Twenty-five organizations received funds to implement “giving voice” projects over one year (2014-2015), while 12 received funds to support “mobilization and implementation” projects over two years (2014-2016).

Communities said that the Giving Voice projects:

  • Created opportunities to give voice to issues of violence and abuse
  • Built empathy and connectedness amongst community members
  • Created opportunities to engage in traditional activities for vulnerable people
  • Created awareness about different types of violence
  • Increased opportunities for vulnerable populations to participate in community programming
  • Addressed the impacts stemming from violence
  • Built a community partnership or collaboration
  • Assisted the community to build capacity.

REPORTS AND RESOURCES

Memorandum of Understanding Regarding Stopping Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls 

Declaration on Stopping Violence Against Aboriginal Women and Girls

Direction to Government on Taking Action to End Violence and Improve the Lives of Aboriginal Women in B.C.

Annual Reports

VIDEOS

Contact MACAW

To connect with MACAW or to request a meeting, please contact:

Sarah Robinson

Secretariat to the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women

sarah.robinson@gov.bc.ca

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