Indigenous Circumpolar Women’s Gathering

Leading change, together.

WHEN November 12-14, 2014
WHERE Yellowknife, Canada Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre
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Ts'ekwi Huya | Igniting Grace Gala ++

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Thursday, November 13th Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm Tickets $25 at the door or prepaid Join us in the Katimavik Room of the Explorer Hotel for an evening of Indigenous and Circumpolar talent featuring a powerful, proud lineup of Northern musicians, singers, dancers and more:

Leela Gilday - Digawolf Band - Grey Gritt - Tiffany Ayalik - Angela Hovak-Johnston - Marilyn Jensen and Kluane Adamek of the Dakhká Kwáan Dancers - Special Guest, Comedian Ryan McMahon! & Hosted by Juanita Taylor

++ Arts Market Onsite!

Be sure to spend some time in the Arts Market throughout the evening! Celebrate authentic Indigenous arts and come enjoy the entertainers from both near and far as you support the Indigenous women in leadership across the North!

Thursday, November 13th Doors 7:30pm | Show 8pm Tickets $25 at the door or prepaid


Are you an indigenous woman from the North?
Are you interested in meeting accomplished leaders and growing your skills?
Are you actively leading initiatives in your community and would like more support?

Dene Nahjo presents a week-long gathering for indigenous women from the North who are looking to network, build new skills and increase their knowledge of successful initiatives led by indigenous women across the circumpolar world.

Recognizing that many indigenous women are leading projects in isolation, this gathering is an opportunity to create a supportive network of knowledge sharing. Featuring a series of capacity-building sessions focused on issues important to you and your communities, the workshop will link change-makers who are developing community projects with one another and with established leaders in a mentoring relationship to create Arctic-based solutions to Arctic issues.

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 gathering is part of a larger initiative designed to address the lack of representation of women in leadership roles and to draw attention and pay respect to the leadership roles women hold in our communities with respect to the preservation and revitalization of Indigenous languages and cultures.

Indigenous women leaders will come together at the gathering to discuss leadership in all of its manifestations along with barriers to Indigenous women in leadership, and to share success stories and experiences that can serve as templates for positive change. Many of the workshops and panel discussions will be led by participants based on expressions of interest submitted prior to the gathering.

The gathering will also allow participants to make connections with other Indigenous women leaders from the Arctic. These connections will be important in the future work and initiatives of the participants, as they will have a strong network of Indigenous women to call on for advice, ideas and support.

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