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WE REPRESENT THE INTERESTS AND CONCERNS OF ALL INDIGENOUS WOMEN AT ALL LEVELS


AWAPEI supports women and girls who identify as First Nation, Metis, and Inuit residing on Prince Edward Island. We are committed to providing leadership and guidance in cultural, social, economic, and political aspects. Our goal is to enhance, support, and promote the well-being of Aboriginal women through capacity building, focus groups, prevention/awareness, and equal opportunities. It is important for us to create new ideas, gather knowledge and share our feedback as a group.


OUR HISTORY

Historically, AWAPEI has proven that acknowledging our women’s health and wellness, create a sense of healing. We recognize that Indigenous women play a significant role as agents of positive and sustainable change, for our communities. It is fundamental that when we support their personal leadership development, we are supporting community development.
  • In 1985 all of this had led to an evolution of a new organization, “The Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island Inc”.
  • Despite historical and ongoing colonial and patriarchal attempts to control or eliminate women’s leadership it has become very clear how important it is to enhance and to educate Aboriginal Women in terms of; health, wellness, healing and voilence prevention.
  • Therefore, in 1975 they formed the “Native Women’s Association of PEI” acknowledging a common priority across the Province was and is the health and well- being of all aboriginal women in PEI.
  • Throughout the 20th century PEI has also become the home to First Nations, Inuit and Metis. Due to historical traumatic events of the Indian Residential and Day School and the effects of the Indian Act, the Aboriginal women of Prince Edward Island were concerned about issues in relation to their status and the status of their children.
  • Prince Edward Island is home to a rich legacy of Mi’kmaq culture and traditions with archaeological evidence dating back as far as 10,000 years.

Complete Aboriginal Women's Association Of P.E.I. Inc. Constitution