The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is a non-profit organization that recognizes the role, value, and achievement of Aboriginal women in society and raises awareness about the challenges and obstacles they face. IAAW is based in Edmonton and operates in chapters across Alberta.
IAAW prepares Annual Reports to share information about our organization, our objectives, successes, key findings from our programs and other highlights. Please find our existing Annual Reports below.
IAAW’s programs are continuing to grow, with over 200 Indigenous women enrolled over this past year. The growing numbers are not stopping the success of the programs. Our graduates often amaze us with the positive impact they make in their communities with their new skills.
Even with new skills, however, racism can hinder Indigenous women’s ability to take leadership roles. Therefore, IAAW remains vigilant in identifying and addressing the racism Indigenous women face in institutions and everyday life through initiatives like the Indigenous Women’s Justice Forum and advocacy. With important partners by our side, like the Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund, we are more determined than ever to do this work.
On the national stage, the publication of the Final Report on the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (Final Report) has established what we, and similar organizations, have been stating for years; Indigenous women have unique issues and Indigenous women must lead the solutions to those issues. Now that the testimony has been heard, and the facts laid clear, we want to see action. The killings must stop.
With the Final Report’s findings, we are hopeful those with power will understand the severity of the current reality and will support our women in leading solutions. Along with thousands of Indigenous women and their families, IAAW is ready to answer the 231 Calls for Justice.
We cannot do this work alone. We need community, partners and government support. We want to work with partners who, like us, begin the work by honouring our women. I hope you enjoy reading about our work over this past year and I look forward to connecting with many of you to continue the work that needs to be done.