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Author: Kalila George-Wilson, Cassandra Smith and Jennifer Hamman

Kalila George-Wilson, Cassandra Smith and Jennifer Hamman

Kalila George-Wilson: This is Kalila’s first year as a girls group leader, but she has been involved as a leader in the community in many capacities. Kalila is on the language team at Tsleil-Waututh Nation, working to learn and teach the traditional language. Cassandra Smith: This is Cassandra’s first year as a girls group leader, but knows the girls well from her work with the youth recreation programs on the nation. She is a member of the language team at the Tsleil-Waututh Nation and a member of the Children of Takaya, TWN’s traditional dance group. Jennifer Hamman: Jennifer is the Community Counsellor/ Expressive Arts Therapist on the Tsleil-Waututh Nation. She has been involved with girls group for 3 years and currently coordinates the program.

Friendship and Leadership Keeps the Strong Girls of Inlailawatash Playing #LikeAGirl

A quilt square made by the girls' group, it reads "I am strong" between a painting of two braids.

Sometimes we need a helping hand to get through the hardest parts of girlhood. Thankfully, have each other. The Strong Girls are a group of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation girls aged 9-13. Funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation, they meet weekly to foster healthy relationships and connect to their culture in a positive way. We spoke […]

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