That ‘The Aboriginal Women’s Network’ needs to exist speaks loudly about the terrible price that being an Indian Woman can carry. Here in their own words is how they see their role;
“an independent voice against injustice to aboriginal women.”~~~Please see “Discussions” and “Notes.” Check the “Links” also. If you are new to our page, please see the older posts as well. Thank you for your patience as we create this page
“The Aboriginal Women’s Action Network
(AWAN) was established in 1995 in response to a pressing need for an Aboriginal women’s group to provide a much needed voice for Aboriginal women’s concerns regarding governance, policy making, women’s rights, employment rights, violence against women, Indian Act membership and status, and many other issues affecting Aboriginal women in contemporary society. The founding members of AWAN conceived of themselves as salmon swimming upstream with determined vision to create new life, and therefore, renewed hope and possibilities for our children. For members of AWAN the Salmon Nation’s legacy of survival depends on an unwavering commitment to future generations, a commitment which serves to guide AWAN in our political involvement and quest for social justice for Aboriginal women and children.”
I am neither a Woman nor Aboriginal but I grew up in an abusive environment where the ‘father’ didn’t care which of his children he raped. When I was ready to begin healing I needed to find people to help me. Truth be told I am now 60 years old and I am still finding people to help me. I believe what the Sweat Lodge teaches… we all have the same sacred core and needs.
If you need to find people to help you the Aboriginal Woman’s Action Network may be a good place to start.