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Indigenous Young Women

Want to speak your truth and build on your strengths? Are you a young Indigenous woman between the ages of 16 and 25? Whether you are already involved in your community or are just starting to learn about your Indigenous culture, the Native Youth Sexual Health Network and Girls Action Foundation invite you to join other young Indigenous women from across Canada to learn, share and have fun together!

Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths

To read the information in Inuktitut, please click here

The Indigenous Young Women: Speaking our Truths, Building our Strengths project focuses on Indigenous young women’s leadership, empowerment, solidarity-building, and ending violence. Skill sharing and group facilitation are at the heart of this project, emphasizing the reality that youth ideas matter and that youth are experts in their own right! The gathering will provide an opportunity to learn important teachings from elders and other traditional teachers. Indigenous women’s strength has always existed in our communities, and it continues to grow.

The project consists of a four day gathering from November 18th-21st in Saskatoon, elder and peer mentorships, and ten community actions.

To find out more about community actions and how to register, click here.

This project is for and by:

Self- identified young Indigenous Women between the ages of 16-25, including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit, status or non-status, beneficiary or non-beneficiary. Those who identify as women, Trans, Two Spirit, or gender non-conforming are welcome.

The 4-day gathering will explore key areas such as:

  • Ending racism and violence
  • Reclaiming knowledge and teachings from Elders
  • Pride in cultural diversity and difference
  • Arts for social change
  • Skill-sharing

Mentorship

Participants will have the chance to engage in both formal and informal mentorships. These mentorships will be created between Elders, traditional teachers and young women. In recognition of the valuable knowledge that youth have to share with one another, peer-to-peer mentorship opportunities will also be created. 

Community Actions

It is crucial that the work that is begun at the Indigenous Young Women’s gathering extend beyond the four days participants spend together in Saskatoon. To this end, ten communities represented at the gathering will be chosen to put the skills, knowledge and tools gained at the gathering to use through implementing local community actions! This is the time to let your voices be heard and to create the changes you would like to see in your communities. More information on the community action opportunities will be provided at the gathering. 

The project is also led by a peer Advisory Committee made up of ten Indigenous young women from across Canada. They are:

  • Amanda Darroch-Mudry
  • Erin Konsmo
  • Janice Grey
  • Jasmine Redfern
  • Jocelyn Formsma
  • Kari-Dawn Wuttunee
  • Krysta Williams
  • Lacey Whiteduck
  • Marie Holeiter
  • Theresa J Lightfoot

In collaboration with Native Youth Sexual Health Network

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. Thank you to all who applied.

For more information please contact Natasha@girlsactionfoundation.ca or call 1-888-948-1112

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