MIL-OSI Canada: Applications open for the first Women Veterans Council

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Source: Government of Canada News

Throughout history, Canadian women have made significant contributions to our country, including overcoming obstacles to serve in various roles in the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) and Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). It is essential that we hear directly from women Veterans and those serving to improve benefits, programs and services for women Veterans.

Today, the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence announced that applications are now open for the Government of Canada’s first Women Veterans Council. All serving members or Veterans of the CAF and RCMP are invited to apply. The Council will consist of women from diverse ranks, backgrounds, perspectives and lived experiences to ensure that a range of voices are represented at the table.

The creation of the Council was first announced at the 2024 Women Veterans Forum in Montreal. This initiative came as a direct result of feedback received from Women Veterans and stakeholders, expressing the need for VAC to provide a platform for sustained, active engagement.

The Council will continue conversations started at the Forum on issues impacting Veterans, including women-focused research, service after service, women’s health, homelessness and recognition. Their lived experiences will advance equity for future generations of women Veterans.

The Women Veterans Council will report to the Minister of Veterans Affairs Canada and Associate Minister of National Defence, providing insight on specific initiatives and priority areas from their unique points of view and lived experiences on all matters of importance to women. This collaborative working relationship with VAC will help to address inequities and barriers experienced by women. 

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