The Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association (NSNWA) has been in existence since 1972. The association is a non-profit organization representing approximately 8,000 women in Nova Scotia. The association was formed to address the social, political, emotional, health concerns and aspirations of Mi’kmaq Women.


Mission Statement

To empower Indigenous Women to embrace their traditional and significant role in their communities and territories and to provide support and resources for Indigenous women to develop programs and initiatives to engage in meaningful dialogue with their communities and Nations.



The objectives of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association are:

  • To assist native women to contribute ideas and skills to the social, cultural and economic development and Health of the Mi’kmaq society.
  • To encourage the native women to assume a more positive and active role in their rightful place in society.
  • To assist in the identification and stimulation of Mi’kmaq culture, including arts, crafts, and cultural tradition and all other aspects of our Mi’kmaq heritage.
  • To work with all levels of government to improve social, educational, health and employment opportunities.


Working in partnership with the Native Women’s Association of Canada.

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In December 2015 the Government of Canada launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). 

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