The Story of Aboriginal women's leadership within Women's Worlds 2011

Since WW 2011 aspires to be a powerful celebration of voices and diversity, the perspectives, experiences, knowledge, culture, and territory of Indigenous people must be recognized and honoured at all levels.

This is one of the reasons behind the creation of an Aboriginal Women's Leadership Circle, a volunteer advisory body comprised of Aboriginal [First Nations, Inuit, Métis] women.

Working within an Aboriginal worldview, the Circle has collaborated within WW 2011 to be respectful of all people and communities, their perspectives, and their potential contribution to this celebration of voices.

Just one of the initiatives taken by the Circle was the Young Aboriginal Women Creative Essay Contest launched in early 2011 -- grand prize winners were awarded a cash prize and a trip to attend WW 2011 where they will present their work.

The Circle also contributed to the development of an extensive selection of both thematic and artistic Aboriginal programming. Participants of WW 2011 will have countless opportunities to connect and converse with Aboriginal women from Canada and around the world thanks to this extensive effort to ensure their wisdom and approaches are a meaningful and not tokenistic part of this gathering.

We hope congress participants will take away a deeper understanding of Aboriginal women and Indigenous women, as well as a recognition of their immense knowledge and leadership as inspiration for a better world.