The Ontario Indigenous Women's Water Commission (OIWWC) has been developed to create awareness, increase capacity, and strengthen our unity by providing Indigenous women with the tools necessary to advocate at community, provincial and federal levels for the ongoing protection of our waters.
Rooted within our cultural Traditions is the teaching that women inherit their roles as the caretakers of Mother Earth from their grandmothers and, as such, are the inherent caretakers of the water. The Ontario Indigenous Women’s Water Commission seeks to foster awareness of the importance of water, recognizing that our water in Ontario is threatened by practices such as hydrofracking, deforestation around watershed areas, the emission of pollutants into the air, and the shipment of toxins across the great lakes.
As Indigenous people our teachings inform us that we must make decisions that will benefit not only ourselves, but the seven generations to come. The OIWWC strives to fulfill our sacred obligations to our youth and children, recognizing that these teachings must come from within our culture and community, from our women and our Elders, who ensure that all the information provided is respectful of Indigenous Knowledge.
At the core of the OIWWC are our families, our ancestors, our youth, and our culture. Developed in response to a call from our Elders, our community members, and our women, the OIWWC seeks to empower Indigenous women, increasing our capacity to engage in advocacy, recognizing that Indigenous women are often excluded from decision-making processes regarding water.