'The Pacific Association of First Nations Women (PAFNW) provides a holistic, social, spiritual, psychological and educational support network for Indigenous women. We provide quality care that promotes, supports, and sustains a healthy lifestyle for Indigenous women and families by preserving our rich cultural heritage.
One of the initiatives that PAFNW started in the summer of 2018 was the Women’s Drum Group, which started with a drum making workshop in the early spring. The drum group started with a few women, but soon grew to 20+ women, with a core group of a dozen women attending at any time! The women who attend the drum circle have expressed that the drumming and singing is very healing, and that they leave the drum circle feeling much better physically, emotionally and spiritually. Recently, the Women’s Drum Group decided on their name – Indigenous Women Rise Drum group. The Indigenous nations represented are: Lil’wat, Sto:lo, Maskwacis, Saulteaux, Peguis, Sagkeeng, Snuneymuxw, Wetsiwiten, Anishinaabe, Nadleh Whut'en, Squamish, Tla’amin, to name a few.
The Indigenous Women Rise Drum Group is proud to represent all nations, and is proud to share good feelings through the drum and song.'