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Mission statement of CWEIA

« To inspire and value Eeyou-Eenou Iskweu through healing, culture and socio-economic development ».

ᐧᐋ ᐃᔑ ᑐᑕᐦᒡ ᐄᔨᔨᐅᔅᐧᑳᐅᒡ ᐋᐦ ᒫᒨᐧᐄᒡ ᐄᔨᔨᐅᔅᒌᐦᒡ « ᐋ ᐧᐃᒋᐦᐋᒡ ᑭᔮ ᐋ ᐧᐃ ᒋᔅᒑᔨᐦᑖᑰᐦᐋᒡ ᐄᔨᔨᐤ/ᐄᓅ ᐄᔅᐧᑳᐤᐦ ᒥᓂᐧᐋᒋᐦᐃᑯᓯᐧᐃᓂᐦᒡ ᐃᔨᔨᐆᐋᐦᑐᐧᐃᓂᐦᒡ ᑭᔭ ᐊᐱᑎᓯᐧᐃᓈᐦᒡ ᐅᐦᒡ᙮

This mission is short but meaningful. As an organization, we strive to inspire Cree women to empower and to self-develop themselves. We can not empower every woman on their behalf, but as an organization, we can inspire by setting up services and projects for women. Empowerment contains the idea of capacity building for individual and women groups to self-sustain their development as well as working toward gender equality. CWEIA want to be part of a positive transformation of woman status and roles in Cree and Canadian societies.

We stand to be the voice for all Cree women. In fact, we value women by representing and advocating for gender equity and equality because it’s part of our DNA as an organization that represents women. In our mission, valuing women means we advocate to solve women issues and we play a very significant role in developing and sustaining Eeyou-Eenou Iskweu. We do so through representations but also through significant initiatives of healing, culture and socio-economic development. We support aboriginal women entrepreneurship, either individually or collectively. We support women entrepreneurship in a spirit of solidarity and collectiveness. Hence, social-economy takes a special place in our mission in regard to entrepreneurship.

Vision

« We are strong, united and resilient Eeyou-Eenou Iskwaauch as we embrace our nurturing roles towards sustaining harmonious families, communities and nation ».

ᓃᔥᑕᒥᐦᒡ ᐋ ᐃᔑ ᑲᓂᐧᐋᐱᐦᑕᑭᓄᐧᐃᒡ « ᓇᔥᒡ ᒋᓱᐦᒋᓰᓈᓅ, ᐋ ᒫᒨᑳᐳᐧᐃᔨᐦᒄ ᑭᔭ ᒋᔒᐱᔒᓈᓅ ᐋ ᐄᔨᔨᐤ/ᐄᓅ ᐄᔅᐧᑳᐧᐃᔨᐦᒄ ᐋ ᐧᐋᐆᒋᓂᒥᐦᒄ ᐊᓐ ᐋ ᐃᔑ ᑐᑎᒥᐦᒄ ᑖᓐ ᐊᓐ ᐋ ᐃᔑᓈᑰᐦᒡ ᒑ ᑐᑎᒨᐦᑯᐱᓈ ᐋ ᐱᒥᓈᐆᓲᔨᐦᒄ ᒑ ᒋ ᐃᑑᐦᑖᔨᐦᒄ ᐋᓂᑖᐦ ᐋ ᒦᔫᐱᓈᓄᐧᐃᒡ ᐋ ᐹᔨᑯᑖᐆᓯᓈᓄᐧᐃᒡ, ᐊᔅᑏᐦᑖᐧᐃᓈᐦᒡ ᑭᔭ ᒫᒃ ᐃᔨᔨᐦᒡ ᐋ ᐃᑎᔅᑳᓈᓯᔨᐦᒄ᙮

This short vision is external oriented; it is expressive of where we want Cree women. It provides an ideal situation for CWEIA to strive for over the next decades. It is meaningful for us women for several reasons.

 

  1. Firstly, in the future, we aspire Cree women to be strong, united and resilient. If women could embrace these qualities, we will build healthy and balanced families and communities. To become strong and resilient, we must know ourselves and be reconnected with our history and cultural roles. We must take care of ourselves, heal and decolonize ourselves and build our identity as Cree women in a contemporary world. We must also defend and promote our interests in order to build gender equality and equity. We must promote women leadership in all sphere of governance.
  2. Secondly, our vision is not centred only on ourselves as Cree women, we also set focus on harmonious relationships with our men, our families and our communities. Cree women are by nature empathic, generous and altruistic. Sustainability and harmony either with regard to our families, our communities or to the environment are very important aspirations of our vision.
  3. Thirdly, resilient women mean healthy women and families and as so, we embrace the Aboriginal holistic dimensions of a human being: physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual. It also implies a process of healing and decolonization of past trauma. Translated at the community level, these notions could be understood as sustainable community development.
  4. Fourthly, healthy and balanced families (and communities) require strong cultural values and traditions, which implies that Cree individuals and organisations such as CWEIA must work continuously on one common background: Cree culture. A strong Cree culture implies necessarily Cree language and traditions.

Core values

Below are ten core values we seek to live and work together or with other Cree and non Cree entities.  At the personal level, there are some core values:

Strong identity and self-cared women

Empowerment and healthy women

Strong culture and traditions as guidelines for actions

Respectful attitude and relationships with each other

Moreover, as an organization, there are also additional guiding values in daily life and interactions with each other:

Unity and supportive of one another

Openness for change, innovative ideas and on sensitive issues

Fair and consensus oriented in the decision making process considering all aspects of the issue(s)

Shared leadership roles

Clear communication and honesty