Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership
It was great to read about the University of Alberta initiative that incorporates Indigenous culture and leadership models into a summer camp for young Indigenous women. The camp often serves young girls in foster care who have had little exposure to their culture. While the camp has been very successful for several years, organizers recently lost the financial support of their sponsor. Initiatives such as this can have such long term positive impact. It is in understanding one's own personal history and culture that a sense of self-worth flourishes. Historically, Indigenous women were leaders and nurturers, peace-makers and story tellers. Camps such as this at the University of Alberta seek to restore Indigenous women to their historic roles, and the support of the community is critical.