AWAPEI REPRESENTS THE INTERESTS AND CONCERNS OF ALL ABORIGINAL WOMEN, IN ALL LEVELS.
AWAPEI supports women and girls who identify as First Nation, Metis and Inuit residing in Prince Edward Island. AWA is committed to providing leadership and guidance in culture, social, economic, and political aspects. AWAPEI’s 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 s group.
Historically, AWAPEI has proven that by acknowledging our women’s health and wellness, it creates a sense of healing. We recognize that aboriginal 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
- 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.
- 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 abuse.
- Through the birthing process; nurturing of children and families, and an unwavering commitment to defend our ancestral laws, spiritual beliefs, language and traditions given to us by the Creator, collectively for all aboriginal communities both on and off reserve, women are the true-life givers of their communities.
- In 1985 all of this had led to an evolution of a new organization, “The Aboriginal Women’s Association of Prince Edward Island Inc”.