Our Vision

We envision a matriarchal community where all Indigenous women in BC are safe and respected with a sense of belonging and connection to cultural traditions.

Our Mission

To bring our vision into reality, we advocate for systems change and provide Indigenous, culturally safe learning and offer holistic supports to uplift Indigenous women and strengthen families.

Established in 1981, the Pacific Association of First Nations Women is 100% Indigenous Woman managed and led, providing a wide range of culturally safe programs and services for Indigenous women.

Everyone is welcome to become a member! We have Voting Memberships for Indigenous Women and Associate Memberships for everyone else! 

Become a member to show your support towards the PAFNW’s vision and mission. With general membership, you’re welcome to attend our regular meetings.

Indigenous women are granted Voting Memberships, with the benefits of a regular membership plus the opportunity to vote during meetings and apply to join the Board of Directors.

*Memberships are subject to a $5 fee. Please send your membership fee by mail or drop-off to 2017 Dundas St, Vancouver BC V5L 1J5 or pay online in field below.
*Membership expires in the upcoming month of September (Sept 30th) following the date of payment.


PAFNW $5 Membership Fee – Payment

Become a member to support PAFNW’s vision and mission. With a membership, you’re welcome to attend our regular meetings. *Please keep your Paypal receipt as proof of payment


Become a board member! Applicants must be a paid member of the PAFNW, a resident of British Columbia, and must complete PAFNW’s Declaration of Indigenous Ancestry form.  As a board member, you’ll be an ambassador for the PAFNW, advocating for progress and improving the PAFNW’s performance.

1.What is the responsibility of the new Board of Director?

The Board of Directors are the governing body of the organization. The Board will:

  • Develop, monitor, and oversee the strategic priorities for the Association and ensure implementation.
  • Uphold the Values, Vision, Mission, Constitution and Bylaws of the Association.
  • Ensure the financial stability of the Association through policy making, proposal writing and good financial practices.
  • Promote the needs of the Association to members, funders, and Allies.
  • Participate in decision making in a fair manner.
  • Prepare for, attend, and participate actively in Board meetings and committees.
  • Ensure decisions and recommendations of the Board are based on the best evidence and information available.
  • Develop contacts and good relations with other agencies and groups.
  • Keep up to date on the environment in which the organization is being developed.
  • Be committed to the process.
  • Maintain appropriate confidentiality regarding the Board of Directors work.

2. How many people will serve on the Board of Directors?

The Board will consist of 7 Indigenous women (First Nations, Metis, or Inuit) who are members in good standing and reflect the diversity of skills, expertise and knowledge needed. We hope to have a variety of women from youth to elders and everyone in between. Indigenous women 16 years of age and older are encouraged to apply.

3. Who will select the members of the Board of Directors?

Interested parties will submit this application to members on our current board who will review the applications. PAFNW members can run for board seats at our upcoming AGM.  We’re currently recruiting for the positions of President and Treasurer for 2-year terms each, a 2-year term director  and a 1-year term director.

4. What will selection be based on?

Board members will be selected on a combination of experience, skills, and interest to help assess the needs and strategies of PAFNW. Ideally, candidates will have a connection and commitment to improving the quality of life for Indigenous women and upholding the Vision, Mission and Mandate of the Association.

5. How long are the terms of the Board?

The terms of the Board are determined as part of the bylaws.

6. How often will the Board meet and when will they start?

The Board generally meets at least 6 times per year.

7. How long are the meetings and what other time obligations are there?

Board meetings are generally 2.5 hours with dinner provided. In addition to the time required to attend the meetings, Board members may also have some material to review or other preparation in between meetings. Board members are also invited to sit on committees of the Association, such as Finance, Personnel, Fundraising, Membership.

For more information about the duties of a board member, click here: Board Member Duties

Please note:
*you must be a paid PAFNW member in order to be considered for this position. Membership expires in the upcoming month of September (Sept 30th) following the date of payment. You can send your $5 membership fee by mail or drop-off to 2017 Dundas St, Vancouver BC V5L 1J5 or pay online at https://pafnw.wordpress.com/pafnw-board-and-membership-recruitment/. Register for a PAFNW membership at www.tiny.cc/PAFNWmember

*you must complete PAFNW’s Declaration of Indigenous Ancestry form to be considered for this position.

Join our Annual General Meeting on March 31, 2022 at 6:00pm PDT. The meeting will be held online on Zoom. PAFNW members of all genders are welcome to attend! To become a member, please register here: www.tiny.cc/PAFNWmember.

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