action-for-women-logo Action For Indigenous Women: A Friendship Centre Initiative

A National Campaign to End Violence Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Our Goals

  • Provide the information, resources and support to empower Indigenous women and girls.
  • Engage men, families, communities to change behaviours that lead to violence.
  • Engage Indigenous and non-Indigenous men across Canada to understand their responsibilities.
  • Work together with existing and new organizations to end violence.

Together we can raise national awareness about violence against Indigenous women and girls and how to stop it.


The Facts

Indigenous women continue to face a number of unique challenges rooted in number of complex historical, social and economic factors. Indigenous women are more likely to experience abuse both inside and outside of their homes and are more likely to become victims of homicide. Action for Indigenous Women seeks to address these issues.

Racism, discrimination and colonialism underpin the violence Indigenous women of all identities experience - First Nations, Métis and Inuit women alike. This is coupled with a low standard of living.

We are working with partners to address the social and economic factors that lead to Indigenous women’s vulnerability to violence.

A 2009 Statistics Canada survey found:


Victimization of Indigenous women is close to triple that of non-Indigenous women


Almost two-thirds of Indigenous women victims are under the age of 35 1


Most spousal violence incidents against Indigenous women are not reported to police 1


Indigenous women make up less than 5% of Canada's population, but they are four times more likely to be murdered or go missing than other Canadian women.

Too many Indigenous women and girls live in dangerous situations. This marginalization has allowed the violence to continue or gone unreported.

We must do better. Join us.

Our Campaign


A mobile platform that will put important, life-saving information into the hands of Canada’s most vulnerable Indigenous youth, women and girls. Geared specifically for Indigenous youth, the digital platform will use the power of mobile technology to empower and educate users on how to protect themselves from violence, and where they can go if they need support. It will also create a mobile community that engages young people around the topics of violence, gender, health and relationships in the context of their social, cultural and economic situation. The mobile site features polling, facts, stories and a commenting function.

newjourneys-logo is a valuable online resource supporting Indigenous people who recently relocated or are planning to relocate to the city, and those who serve them. This website has been specifically designed for Indigenous students, families, women and children. connects people seeking access to education and training as well as a number of other vital service providers and programs across Canada.

The site allows you to search vital programs and services by city, province, or territory, so that you can find the support and assistance you need. This includes contact information for Friendship Centres, school boards, health care providers and government offices, among many others.You can also find information guides specially designed for students, families, and women and children.


The Moose Hide Campaign is a grassroots movement of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Men who are standing up against violence towards Indigenous women and children. Wearing this moose hide signifies a commitment to honour, respect, and protect the women and children in your life and to work together with other men to end violence against women and children. Our vision is to spread the Moose Hide Campaign to organizations, communities, and governments throughout Canada.

The Moose Hide Campaign will distribute 1 million Moose Hide squares across Canada within the next 10 years. Men wearing the moosehide pins will stand up with women and children and we will speak out against violence towards them. We will support each other as men and we will hold each other accountable.

Take action, make the pledge, and stand up to end violence towards women and children.

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This initiative was created by the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres (OFIFC) to provide an opportunity for communities to engage Indigenous men and youth in understanding violence against women and to support them in joining together to end the violence. It offers Indigenous men and youth a safe place to begin to understand their roles and responsibilities to end violence against Indigenous girls and women. It recognizes the challenges youth and men face and encourages opportunities for them to reconnect to their traditional roles within families and communities. It provides a supportive, holistic model for community healing and can be easily adapted to suit individual communities.

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About the NAFC

The National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) is a network of 117 Friendship Centres from coast-to-coast-to-coast.

The NAFC was established in 1972 to represent, nationally, the growing number of Friendship Centres emerging across Canada.

Friendship Centres are the primary providers of culturally-enhanced programs and services to urban Indigenous residents. For over half-a-century, Friendship Centres have been facilitating the transition of Indigenous people from rural, remote and reserve life to an urban environment.

For many Indigenous people, Friendship Centres are the first point of contact to obtain referrals to culturally based socio-economic programs and services.

As of 2011-2012, Friendship Centres across Canada delivered 1,439 programs to over 2.3 million participants on a status blind basis – that is, equally to status and non-status First Nations, Métis, Inuit and non-Indigenous people.

Given that the urban Indigenous population is the fastest growing segment of the Canadian Indigenous population (nearly 60% in 2011), the value of Canada’s most significant network of Indigenous service delivery providers will continue to grow.

Friendship Centres play a pivotal role in community and economic development by providing training and employment opportunities, facilitating social development and building human and resource capacity.

The NAFC is a not-for-profit, non-governmental Indigenous organization.

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Edith Cloutier

Edith Cloutier photo: Paul Brindamour

Recognised for her commitment and proactive leadership at the service of urban Aboriginal people, her career is characterised by her dynamic and human approach centered on solutions and bridge-building between peoples. Her dedication won her several recognition awards. In 2013, she was made a member of the Order of Canada; in 2010, she received the “Public Service” achievement award from the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation; and in 2006, she received the title of Knight of “Ordre nationale du Québec”.

Jeff Cyr

Jeff Cyr

For nearly 20 years, Jeffrey Cyr has provided strategic leadership for Aboriginal, not-for-profit and government organizations. Currently, he is the Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres (NAFC) where his strategic direction leads a network of 117 Friendship Centres and eight Provincial and Territorial Associations - the most significant off-reserve Aboriginal service delivery structure in Canada.