The Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association was formed in the fall of 1989. We are a non-profit organization, responsible to the native women and children in the Midland and Penetanguishene area. We are not core funded by any one organization. Our main source of funding flows from the hard work of volunteers who run various fundraising activities. We also access funding through various government grants, which become available to Women’s Groups
The major tenet that the organization is based on is the unity of all Anishnabe women, regardless of legal categories. The main concerns of the Association are the preservation and promotion of Anishnabe culture, language and heritage. In order to achieve this stated objective, the Association has pledged:
1. To create a forum through which Anishnabekwewag can become involved in the solution of their problems and promotion of their interests.
2. To help Anishnabekwewag increase their feeling of adequacy and their sense of responsibility through planning, developing and managing self-projects.
3. To provide a means through which Anishnebekwewag can make a contribution of ideas and skills to the social, cultural, and economic development of the Anishnabe society.
4. To provide a means through which the Anishnebekwewag can assist in identifying those ways that are unique to the Anishnabe culture and through which their role in teaching these ideas to children can be strengthened.
5. To encourage Anishnabekwewag to assume a more positive and active part in developing skills to support their people in their achievements.
AS A MEMBER OF THE GEORGIAN BAY NATIVE WOMEN’S ASSOCIATION:
I pledge to honour the belief of supporting the unity of all native women, regardless of legal categories - status, non-status, Metis.
I pledge to at all times stand and speak with the pride and dignity that my Native heritage demands.
I will be tolerant of diversity, honest with my opinions and feelings and, above all, respect the opinions and feelings of my Native sisters, even though we may disagree.
I will support and work toward the stated aims and objectives of the organization.
I will, at all times, conduct myself in a manner that brings respect and credibility to the Georgian Bay Native Women’s Association.
Any grievances, comments or criticisms that I may have that relate to this organization, I will be responsible to bring them to the attention of the members of the association and/or officers of the association as soon as possible, to be dealt with by the membership and/or officers openly and honestly without prejudice.
I will endeavour to work cooperatively with other groups, organizations or individuals, Native and non-Native, to solve problems and to support mutual concerns.
I will work responsibly and cooperatively with fellow citizens towards a humane society: equal opportunity for participation, tolerance of differences and respect for all living things.
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