The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is one of our guiding policies.  Specifically:

Article 22

Particular attention shall be paid to the rights and special needs of indigenous elders, women, youth, children and persons with disabilities in the implementation of this Declaration.

States shall take measures, in conjunction with indigenous peoples, to ensure that indigenous women and children enjoy the full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination.

Article 23

Indigenous peoples have the right to determine and develop priorities and strategies for exercising their right to development. In particular, indigenous peoples have the right to be actively involved in developing and determining health, housing and other economic and social programmes affecting them and, as far as possible, to administer such programmes through their own institutions.

Article 44

All the rights and freedoms recognized herein are equally guaranteed to male and female indigenous individuals.

PAFNW’s Vision

Our vision is to provide quality care that promotes, supports, and sustains a healthy lifestyle for Indigenous women and families by preserving our rich cultural heritage.

Our Mandate is:

  • To promote establish and maintain communication and information sharing between First Nations women, women’s groups and all levels of Government within the Province of BC.
  • To provide a holistic, social, spiritual, psychological and educational support network for First Nations Women.
  • To research, identify and advocate on civic and social welfare issues that impact the health and wellbeing of First Nations women who live in BC, including but not limited to: health care, justice, family violence and housing.
  • To develop and provide holistic, culturally appropriate health related services for First Nations women and their families.
  • To encourage and foster the preservation, facilitation and sharing of Aboriginal culture.
  • To encourage and support the educational aspirations of First Nations women and youth.
  • To establish and distribute a scholarship fund for First Nations women in post-secondary training.

We achieve these goals with culturally-safe programs and services. (LINK)