YIWCL

Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership (YIWCL)

APYWCLNow entering its 9th year the Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership 2017 (YIWCL) will take place July 2017, at the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta. Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership (YIWCL) program is for young Indigenous women aged 10-16. Each day, participants are immersed in Indigenous language and cultural activities, drama, dance, digital technologies, and leadership building.

Educational program dates: Monday, July 10th - Wednesday, July, 19th.

Registration FormSpace in Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership (YIWCL) is very limited.  To reserve a space for your daughter, niece, or grand daughter, please fill out and submit the form.

REGISTRATION BEGINS MAY 1, 2017

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

Rochelle Starr
Phone: 780-492-4188
E-mail: cilles@ualberta.ca

YIWCL

Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership (YIWCL) is a summer program hosted by the Faculty of Education, University of Alberta, for young Indigenous women aged 10-16. Each day, participants are immersed in indigenous language and cultural activities, drama, dance, digital technologies, and leadership building. It was a great success and we look forward to next year.

“A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground”
Cheyenne saying


Did you listen the Young Indigenous Women's Circle of Leadership (YIWCL) interview on CJSR?

Indigenous fitness program teaches teens healthy living through nature

Indigenours fitness program teaches teens healthy living through natureThe Alliance Pipeline Young Women’s Circle of Leadership (APYWCL) has sought to provide resources to young Indigenous women for the last seven years, and has this year introduced an Indigenous obstacle course and fitness program to address those physical challenges as well. 

“I connected the Four Directions teachings, which is Cree traditional knowledge — Indigenous knowledge — and connected that to fitness.” 

Misty Underwood, a graduate student from the University of Texas at Arlington, designer of the program and a descendant of the Muscogee Creek and Choctaw First Nations

While leading the group, Underwood instilled a sense of stewardship for nature in the girls, encouraging them to respect their environment and exist as codependents within their world.

You can read more here.

YIWCL on Illuminate - Faculty of Education Magazine

Illuminate News ArticleWhile Canadians grapple with how to handle the legacy of these schools, UAlberta’s Faculty of Education has spent the past seven years trying to heal some of those wounds. Founded by Elementary Education professor Heather Blair in 2008, the Alliance Pipeline Young Women's Circle of Leadership (APYWCL) strives to restore some sense of identity and belonging to young Indigenous women while teaching them valuable skills based in traditional Indigenous culture.

“Residential schools really put a huge barrier in the ability to pass on that knowledge from generation to generation,” explains Rochelle Starr, director of the APYWCL. “So right now, we’re just trying to provide access to that knowledge that they should know, and by no fault of their own, don’t know.”

“The traditional knowledge that they’re learning right now has been around for thousands of years, but it’s still just as valuable in our everyday lives as it was a hundred years ago,” says Rochelle Starr

Click or tap here to read on Illuminate - Faculty of Education Magazine 

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   "This year I am not only going into grade eight, I am going with a new experience behind"

 

 

 

 

 

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   “I learned the importance of helping others. This has taught me that leadership affects the many aspects of my life as well as the lives of others. Responsibility and respect have been a huge part also, where it be respecting others or taking actions for your mistakes. For the great help I would like to say thank you to the leaders for giving us an opportunity to explore and share new knowledge.”

 

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“During YIWCL I learned the importance of belonging because everyone actually did make me feel at home. I made lots of friends, had lots of fun. It made me feel like I belong.”

 

 

 

 

Program Activities:

  • Cree Language Immersion
  • Cultural Crafts and Traditional Teachings: Beading, Smudging
  • Creative Drama and Storytelling
  • Digital Technology and Literacy
  • Carpentry
  • Rock Climbing
  • Swimming