Welcome to the Institute For The Advancement Of Aboriginal Women

About Us

The Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) is a non-profit organization based out of Edmonton with chapters throughout the province that recognizes the role, value, and achievements of Aboriginal women in society and raises awareness about the challenges and obstacles faced by Aboriginal Women.

Esquao is the stylized version for the Cree word for woman and is copyrighted.

Our Philosophy

Open and transparent decision-making processes;

Building the capacity and independence of both individuals and communities;

Established evaluative reporting procedures; and

Administrative accountability and financial reporting based on the principles of transparency and disclosure.

Our Mandate

To recognize and promote the leadership of Aboriginal Women in Alberta, be actively involved and assist Aboriginal Women to establish local representative groups and develop relationships to promote human rights and dignity of Aboriginal Women and their families, and to address economic, social, cultural and political issues of concern at the provincial, federal and international levels and as they impact Aboriginal Women in the communities.