The Canadian Womens’ Foundation is honoured to partner with MakeWay Foundation on a Northern Strategy, guided by the Northern Women and Girls Advisory Committee with representatives from Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Nunavik, and Nunatsiavut.
Diverse women, girls, and Two Spirit, trans, and non-binary people living in Northern communities face unique challenges and work in unique ways to address them.
They face some of the highest rates of violence, poverty, and poor health in Canada. They often have least access to basic services—things like transportation and community programs. Legacies of colonialism and residential schools erode local connectedness and sense of identity.
Indigenous gender justice leaders in the North know the solution to these challenges and what women, girls, and gender-diverse people need to reclaim connections to land and culture in the North. They are the catalysts for sustainable and healthy futures.
The Northern Women and Girls Advisory Committee is built on meaningful community-based relationships that enable the Canadian Women’s Foundation to grant towards these excellent initiatives.