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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.

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Open Letter: INUIT WOMEN - POLICING AND EMERGENCY SHELTERS

On June 23rd 2020, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action, Dr. Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, the Women's National Housing and Homelessness Network, and Keepers of the Circle Aboriginal Family Learning Centre, sent a letter to Ministers which requests:
  1. Action on RCMP abuse of Inuit women; and
  2. An immediate investment of 20 milion dollars for five shelters for Inuit women and children fleeing violence.

Media Advisory | Impact of COVID-19: Canada’s Continuing Violations of the Human Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Impact of COVID-19: Canada’s Continuing Violations of the Human Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

For immediate release (Toronto, June 25, 2020) – Canada has consistently failed to remedy the violations of the human rights of Indigenous women and girls and their communities, which the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls found to be genocide. This context of unabated racialized and sexualized violence is exacerbated by COVID-19, and forces Indigenous women and girls into precarious situations, increasing their risk of infection and death from the virus and their vulnerability to violence. Dr. Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) have made submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, outlining the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous women and girls in Canada.   Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Time: 8:00 AM EST Access to Submissions: Please read the submission to the Special Rapporteur on Dr. Pamela Palmater’s website and FAFIA’s website. Contact Information: Dr. Pamela Palmater Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University [email protected]   Lara Koerner Yeo Co-Chair, The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) [email protected]

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