The new president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada is calling on Ottawa to put its money where its mouth is and fund her group so it can adequately represent Native women.

“It’s fine to say we have to listen,” Walker said in a Windspeaker article. “Give us the funding to have our own voice.”

One of the most important areas where Native women need more input, she added, is the ongoing federal effort to reform Canada’s social programs. Many of the proposed reforms will hit Native women especially hard, which makes it important that their voices are heard. Walker also called on the provinces and territories to fund local women’s organizations.