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The Young Women of Wisdom Program

Skookum Jim Friendship Centre, Whitehorse, Yukon

This weekly program provides a safe space for girls aged 9 to 13 to learn from Aboriginal teachings and develop a stronger connection to the land and to connect with women mentors from the community. The Circle of Courage medicine wheel serves as a teaching guide, and specific activities include traditional craft-making, facilitated discussions, sharing circles, traditional teachings, fishing, and canoeing. Facilitators and Elders work with the girls to address barriers in the community, and how to use personal strengths to overcome them. During the winter, the program runs in the Skookum Jim Friendship Centre hall; during the summer, the focus is on outdoor traditional First Nation activities.
Grant amount: $144,692 over 4 years

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