The Women’s Council works with the AFN Secretariat to ensure that the concerns and perspectives of First Nations women inform the work of the AFN. Council members hold portfolio responsibilities and participate in a wide range of activities and initiatives relevant to First Nations women.
To unify and create healthy, happy, and harmonious communities through cultural identity and cultural teachings based on: respect, love, courage, wisdom, honesty, humility and truth;
To establish a gender-balanced perspective within First Nations communities, and within all entities dealing with First Nations, that honours the rights and aspirations of First Nations women.
The current Chair of the AFN Women’s Council is Grand Chief Denise Stonefish. The AFN Women’s Council are engaged in various meetings and activities. Representatives have attended the Elders Gathering on the Environment and the Western Urban Aboriginal Strategy. The Women’s Council also participated in the 2017 Nation Indigenous Women’s Summit Steering Committee and co-planning of a Tri-Council Conference in February, 2017 and are actively engaged in the discussions regarding the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.