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Who we are

In 2015-2016, CWEIA’s membership was made out of 134 members and 15 friend members, coming from all the Cree communities. In 2011, there were 4105 women aged 25 and over in Eeyou Istchee, plus 2600 girls aged 0-14 and 1415 aged 15-24. That brings the total of women and girls to 8120. Cree women take care of our families; in 2011, in addition to the young girls, there were 2815 boys aged 0-14 and 1430 aged 15-24 in our region, meaning our 4105 women are collectively responsible for 8260 children and youth. We at CWEIA, as wives and mothers, we work for these women and also, for the wellbeing of their children, to make sure that they are loved and they can stay with their family and their community.  

Our regional organization is governed by a Board of Directors made out of a president, elder representative, youth representative, plus one representative for each of the 10 Cree communities, plus one representative of urban Cree women from each of the following cities: Senneterre, Chibougamau and Val d’Or. There are thus sixteen directors, including five executives, who are working hard for women and children’s wellbeing in Eeyou Istchee, and who are present, regionally and in their community, to bear the voice of women, to work together with men and our Cree entities to enact our dream of gender equality. Our leadership receives wisdom from the Goukumnouch Council, made out of four members including the Elder representative who also sits on the Board and the Executive.