Indigenous Circumpolar Women’s Gathering
Leading change, together.
Nov. 12-14, 2014
Women leaders in many Arctic Indigenous communities are not recognized or respected for their leadership roles. All too often, women are discouraged or barred from entering high-profile jobs or political roles. Colonization has left many Arctic Indigenous communities with a patriarchal legacy of disrespecting women that tolerates and even condones violence against women and girls.Despite institutional barriers and societal oppression, women are leaders in many of our communities. Often, it is women who are taking the lead in ensuring Indigenous languages and cultures are passed on to the younger generations. Women are leading the way in helping our communities and people heal by addressing the destructive legacies of colonization, like drug and alcohol abuse. Women are taking on important roles in the fields of health care and education to help ensure our people and youth are healthy and have access to systems of non-Indigenous education. More and more Indigenous women are being appointed or elected to high-profile positions to represent their Indigenous nations.
This first-ever gathering of its kind brought together established and emerging Indigenous women leaders from across the circumpolar world for a series of workshops and panel discussions in Yellowknife last fall, where participants were able to network, build new skills, promote leadership in all of its manifestations and increase their knowledge of successful initiatives being led by Indigenous women every day in communities across the North.
In the news:
Nunatsiaq News | Oct. 7 | Yellowknife To Host Circumpolar Gathering Of Indigenous Women
Northern Journal | Nov. 3 | Circumpolar Women Networking Towards Positive Change
CBC North | Nov. 12 | Indigenous Circumpolar Women Leaders Descend On Yellowknife
CBC North | Nov. 16 | 1st Indigenous Circumpolar Women’s Gathering Wraps Up
Northern Journal | Nov. 17 | Indigenous Women Share Strengths, Stories At First Circumpolar Gathering
Arctic Journal: Above & Beyond | January 2015 issue | Circumpolar Women Of Vision