Indigenous Young Women Lead: Our Stories, Our Strengths, Our Truths. Edited by the Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Through our work at the Native Youth Sexual Health Network across North America and during this process we have come to understand that our expressions of ideas and emotions are so much more complex and beautiful than even English allows us to show. Films, photos, spoken word, poetry, painting and storytelling - all are here and create a connected picture of Indigenous women’s leadership on this land. They speak about traditional roles before colonization began, how it continues and the creative ways we are ﬁnding to understand and implement those roles now - something we feel is absolutely central to addressing the challenges we face as Indigenous peoples.
This publication is part of a larger collaborative project called Indigenous Young Women: Speaking Our Truths, Building Our Strengths.
A partnership between the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation, this project focuses on Indigenous young women’s leadership, empowerment, solidarity-building, and ending violence. The project is also lead by a national peer Advisory of ten Indigenous young women from all across Canada, and seeks to meet young women where they are at; emphasizing the reality that youth ideas matter and that youth are experts in their own right! Indigenous women’s strength has always existed in Indigenous communities, and it continues to grow.