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Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Training Programs

Equay-wuk Women’s Group
P.O. Box 1781
16 Fourth Avenue N.
Sioux Lookout, ON
P8T 1C4


Equay-wuk Women’s Group received $396,720 over four years to provide intensive leadership skills development training and mentorship to young Aboriginal women in 31 remote First Nations communities in Northwestern Ontario.  The project includes:

  • Conducting 30 workshops in remote communities over four years
  • Leadership workshops on starting a women’s leadership support group, including the development of objectives, mission statement and information on governance structure, fundraising, organizing events and becoming incorporated.
  • Organizing an annual Building Aboriginal Women’s Leadership Gathering to consult with young Aboriginal women (ages 18-29) on barriers and challenges they face.
  • A leadership training program for young Aboriginal women, who then go on to co-facilitate workshops.

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)
380 Ray Blvd.
Thunder Bay, ON
P7B 4E6
Ms. Betty Kennedy
Executive Director

Tel: 807-625-8568 Toll Free: 1-800-667-0816
E-mail: ed@onwa-tbay.ca

Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) received $580,000 over four years to build Aboriginal women’s leadership capacity through four key activities:

  • Leadership skills development training for Aboriginal women from across the province on leadership methods, facilitation skills, board development training, and financial literacy
  • Mentorship by established ONWA locals for women in less established centres/member groups to provide effective community leadership
  • Public education, development and use of community and information networks to help promote awareness of Aboriginal women in leadership roles.
  • Planning sessions for Aboriginal women from four communities (representing ONWA’s four regions) to shape the training program to address specific needs of their communities for community development leadership and business development leadership