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Aboriginal Women’s Conference

The first province-wide Aboriginal women’s conference, The Path to the Good Life for Aboriginal Women, was held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay from March 13-15, 2006. This conference was the first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador. Consultations were held by Aboriginal women in 26 communities across the province to determine the objectives of the conference.

The main topics discussed at the first conference were culture, the justice system, governance, employment, violence, housing, access to programs and funding, and health care.

The second conference, The Path to the Good Life: Moving Forward, Building Strength, was held in Stephenville from November 23-26, 2006. The main topics covered at this conference were the justice system, and poverty reduction.

The third annual conference, The Path to Economic Prosperity, was held in St. John's on March 12-14, 2008. Participants of the conference attended presentations from community and Provincial Government representatives about the emerging and growing industries in the province, as well as educational and entrepreneurship opportunities.

The fourth conference, Aboriginal Women & Policy Development, focused on the topic of Culturally Relevant Gender-Based Analysis and how this tool could help Aboriginal women have a voice in policy development at the provincial level.

The conferences provide Aboriginal women with the opportunity to connect, share experiences and plan steps necessary to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Representatives from all Aboriginal groups in the province participate in the conferences. The conferences are planned by a steering committee made up of representatives from Aboriginal groups and communities across the province and the Women’s Policy Office. The steering committee nominates the delegates who attend the conference.

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National Aboriginal Women's Summit

The National Aboriginal Women's Summit took place from June 20-22, 2007 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Summit brought together approximately 150 Aboriginal women and 150 representatives from all levels of Government and Aboriginal organizations from across Canada.

Topics discussed at the Summit were based on three themes: 1) Health, Safety and Wellness 2) Equality and Empowerment and 3) Strength, Balance and Honour. As a result of the discussions at the Summit 39 priorities were highlighted which all levels of government, as well as a number of national Aboriginal groups committed to working towards.

For more information on the Summit please visit: Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs

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Newfoundland Aboriginal Women’s Network
35 Carolina Ave., Suite 131
Stephenville, NL A2B 3P8
Tel: (709) 643-1290
Fax: (709) 643-1290
Website: www.nawn-nf.com opens new window
Benoit’s Cove Native Women’s Association
P.O. Box 54, Site 13
Benoit’s Cove, NL A0L 1A0
Tel: (709) 789-3132
Exploits Native Women’s Association
5 Church Rd. Suite 1
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 1Y9
Tel: (709) 489-8425
Fax: (709) 489-8417
Labrador Native Women’s Association
Box 542, Stn. B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, NL A0P 1S0
Tel: (709) 896-5071
Fax: (709) 896-5071
Nunatsiavut Government
Diane Gear: Minister for Status of Women
12 Sandbanks Road
P.O. Box 70
Nain, NL A0P 1L0
Tel: (709) 922-2942
Fax: (709) 922-2931
Newfoundland Native Women’s Association
P.O. Box 22
Benoits Cove, NL A0L 1A0
Tel: (709) 789-3430
Fax: (709) 789-2207
Inuit Women of Canada
56 Sparkes Street, Suite 400
Ottawa, ON K1P 5A9
Tel: (613) 238-3977
Fax: (613) 238-1787
Shetshatshiu Innu First Nation
Chief Anastasi Cupee
P.0. Box 160
North West River, NL A0P 1M0
Federation of Newfoundland Indians
P.O. Box 956
Corner Brook, NL A2N 6J3
Tel: (709) 634-0996 / 709-647-3033
Fax: (709) 639-3997
Website: www.fni.nf.ca opens new window
Glenwood Mi’kmaq First Nation
P.O. Box 379
Glenwood, NL A0G 2K0
Tel: (709) 679-5611 / 5610 / 709-424-5172
Mushuau Innu First Nation
P.O. Box 109
Natuashish, NL A0P 1A0
Innu Nation
P.O. Box 119
Shetshatshiu, NL A0P 1M0
Labrador Friendship Centre
P.O. Box 767, Stn B
Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL A0P 1E0
Tel: (709) 896-8302
Fax: (709) 896-8731
Labrador Metis Nation
P.O. Box 460, Stn. C
Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL A0P 1C0
Tel: (709) 896-0592
Fax: (709) 896-0594
Miawpukek First Nation
P.O. Box 10
Conne River, NL A0H 1J0
Tel: (709) 882-2470
Fax: (709) 882-2292
Nunatsiavut Government: Department of Health and Social Development
200 Kelland Dr.
P.O. Box 496-Stn. C
Happy Valley Goose Bay, NL A0P 1C0
Tel: (709) 896-9760
Fax: (709) 896-9751
Friendship Centre
716 Water Street
St. John's, NL A1E 1C1
Tel: (709) 726-5902
Fax: (709) 726-3557

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