History


Established in 1993, Native Women in the Arts (NWIA) is a not-for-profit organization for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women from diverse artistic disciplineswho share a common interest in culture, art, community and the advancement of Indigenous peoples.

NWIA was founded in 1993 by Sandra Laronde and is based in Toronto, Ontario. For the past 25 years, NWIA has worked to develop Indigenous artists in diverse artistic fields from communities across Canada and internationally. NWIA has contributed to the development of communities through arts and cultural programming has provided many artists with the opportunity to present and develop their work in their chosen discipline and has presented skills development for community members and artists alike.

NWIA produces unique artistic programming while developing, supporting, and cultivating Indigenous women in the performing arts, literary arts and publishing, visual arts, and community development projects. NWIA’s influence has been felt in Indigenous, culturally diverse and mainstream communities across Canada. We nourish and transform our community by pursuing the highest standards of artistic excellence; by presenting high-quality artists; and by offering exceptional development opportunities to emerging artists.