The new president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada says men are key to helping Aboriginal women fight their issues.

Michele Audette was elected during the organization’s meeting in Saskatoon this week.

Audette says Aboriginal women need men to join with them to make their voices stronger, and women can help men in the same way:

“Our men are part of the healing process, so I do wish and want that we work with our men.  We need to learn from them, and they need to learn from us.  So, I believe that it will make a strong circle.”

Audette says fighting poverty in Aboriginal communities is her top priority.

She says she plans to meet with provincial and territorial organizations to get their ideas, and also wants to work with Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the issue.

Audette is a member of the Innu Nation of Quebec.