Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership

Are you looking for new summer fun experiences? Are you between the ages of 12 and 18 or have a daughter or granddaughter in this age group? This summer we will be having our YIWCL based on nehiyawin cultural arts immersed in the 'nehiyawewin' language in a VIRTUAL SPACE. We will have small groups of young women engaged in hands-on visual, musical, and performative arts. The program will run over 2 weeks and include a fall program for follow-up.

You will get a gym bag with books, gift cards and learning materials in advance and the girls who complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from the University of Alberta and an honorarium. Registration will start in early May so please keep an eye on our website

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact the YIWCL Director:

Shelby LaFramboise
Phone: 780-492-4188
E-mail: cilles@ualberta.ca


About the Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership

Cree language plays an essential role in our ability to learn and transmit Indigenous knowledge. The Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership is a program that is assisting young women in their journey to discover and to reclaim their ancestral language and knowledge. YIWCL is open to young Indigenous women, ages 10-16 and is focused on the Cree language with a foundation in Cree knowledge and spirituality through immersion experiences.

We are addressing many of the TRC's Calls to Action, focusing on the Cree language and knowledge of this territory. Indigenous knowledge, embedded within the language, is critical to an Indigenous person's ability to access guidance and strength so as to be able to take care of themselves in many different respects. For example, there are many ceremonies of renewal within Cree tradition that support a relationship of strength, interdependence.

YIWCL provides access to ceremonies for the young women, connecting the young women with the ability to access their language, knowledge, and strength. Cree is a spiritual language and as such is the foundation of YIWCL. YIWCL is the only Cree immersion youth program within Alberta.