Who we are

FAFIA is an alliance of women's organizations at the national, provincial, territorial, and local levels.

What we do

Our mandate is to advance women’s equality in Canada by working for the full implementation of the international human rights treaties and agreements that Canada has ratified.

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Bill S-3 Victory

Bill S-3 Victory

For over 143 years, First Nations women and their descendants have had to fight a long and winding battle to dismantle the sex-based discrimination that has been perpetuated by the Indian Act. On August 15, 2019, these women, advocates, and communities celebrated a momentous victory for gender equality as the Government of Canada finally brought the outstanding provisions of Bill S-3 into force. These final Bill S-3 provisions will eliminate remaining sex-based inequities from the Indian Act and abolish the 1951 cut-off from the Indian Act registration provisions.

Go to the Bill S-3 page

The RCMP: Its Culture and Future - FAFIA Webinar

On September 17, 2021 FAFIA organized an expert panel discussion on The RCMP: Its Culture and Future. This event’s success is in large part thanks to the 300+ folks who registered, tuned in, engaged in the chat, and learned about women and policing in Canada from experts. 

If you missed out, you can find the recorded video of our webinar below. We have also included the event transcript here.

If you’d like a more in-depth read, follow this link to read the report discussed at the event, authored by panelist Honourable Michel Bastarache: Broken Lives, Broken Dreams: The Devastating Effects of Sexual Harassment on Women in the RCMP Final Report

We welcome any feedback about the webinar, as this will help us in improving our future events. You can be reach us by email at: [email protected]


FAFIA’s letter to the United Nations Human Rights Committee

Find attached the submission by the petitioners Sharon McIvor and Jacon Grismer to the United Nations Human Rights Committee at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, United Nations Geneva. The petitioner submit to the Committee that Canada has failed to implement the Committee's Decision in Sharon McIvor and Jacob Grismer v. Canada (CCPR/C/124/D/2020/2010) to end the sex-discrimination in the Indian Act. The petitioners were led to believe by Canada that through Bill S-3 amendment to the Indian Act in 2019 the discrimination would end. However, that is not the case. Read the full submission here.

*The submission appendices can be found here.

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