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Indigenous Young Women Leading Their Own Way

Indigenous Young Women Leading Their Own Way

Of all the things I have worked on at Girls Action Foundation over the years, the one I am most proud of is our partnership with National Indigenous Young Women's Council. Colonialism is alive and kicking in Canada, and Girls Action’s way of helping to counter its impacts is by supporting the brilliance and leadership of indigenous young women. There is a huge discourse of victimization about indigenous women that colours non-indigenous folks’ views of the issues and can be a burden for indigenous girls to carry as they grow up. As we have often heard young women leaders say, being born indigenous is not a “risk factor.” Systemic inequalities and violence are the risks.

In this conversation, Melody, Erin, Alexa, Kirsten and Megan talk about how young women are leading their own way towards self-governance of their bodies and communities.

About the National Indigenous Young Women's Council

The National Indigenous Young Women's Council is a self-governed council of gender fabulous Indigenous young women under 30, including those who identify as Trans, Two-Spirit, and/or gender non-conforming. The council works to provide leadership opportunities, community actions and mobilization, skills and capacity building, events and more. With the support of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network they also develop spaces for celebration, reclamation and cultural resurgence with a vision for future generations.