As the new program co-ordinator for the Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre, I am proud to be devoting my time to the feminist movement in the Yukon.
Although I have been a feminist since I was very young, I am honoured to now spend my working days in a coalition with strong, smart women representing a multitude of equality-seeking organizations in the territory.
Not only are my colleagues committed to creating a world in which all women can succeed, they have also become accustomed to continually being challenged on their beliefs and their actions. Yet they continue their work despite – and perhaps because of – this opposition.
One of the most inspirational organizations I have interacted with thus far is the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society. Under the guidance of Ann Maje Raider, this small group of strong Kaska women have worked in the community of Watson Lake to lead the way towards healing in the wake of historic trauma brought on by a generation of colonialism and residential schools, as well as modern trauma resulting from sexual assaults committed by those in positions of authority in the community.
The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society is a strong and growing organization that engages and supports workshops, projects, dedicated individuals, and other organizations that promote healing and the preservation of Kaska traditions.
I would like to applaud Ann for her unwavering determination in the face of opposition in her community and thank her for her continuing work to create a world in which women can walk in safety, live healthy lives, excel in leadership roles, and are supported and empowered to fulfil their dreams.
Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre