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Leadership of Indigenous Girls and Women

Colonialism explicitly excluded women from most forms of power. Just as women’s power was systematically eradicated from both culture and history, so was the concept of gender equity.

7th Gen Fund_004WomenfA field of Indigenous female-centered activism and leadership is already emerging. Indigenous women now continue a tradition of leadership that existed before colonization and in spite of a system that has made every attempt to prevent them from having power.

Our Approach

This is a developing area of our programming. We have begun by hosting convenings of Indigenous women elders in order to honor their ancestral knowledge while also lifting up their matriarchal roles in their various communities. With women elders at the center, we will pursue a process of listening and learning to understand how we can best support this area of our work and advance new leadership opportunities for Indigenous girls and women.