The first province-wide Aboriginal women’s conference, The Path to the Good Life for Aboriginal Women, was held in Happy Valley-Goose Bay from March 13-15, 2006. This conference was the first of its kind in Newfoundland and Labrador. Consultations were held by Aboriginal women in 26 communities across the province to determine the objectives of the conference.
The main topics discussed at the first conference were culture, the justice system, governance, employment, violence, housing, access to programs and funding, and health care.
The second conference, The Path to the Good Life: Moving Forward, Building Strength, was held in Stephenville from November 23-26, 2006. The main topics covered at this conference were the justice system, and poverty reduction.
The third annual conference, The Path to Economic Prosperity, was held in St. John's on March 12-14, 2008. Participants of the conference attended presentations from community and Provincial Government representatives about the emerging and growing industries in the province, as well as educational and entrepreneurship opportunities.
The fourth conference, Aboriginal Women & Policy Development, focused on the topic of Culturally Relevant Gender-Based Analysis and how this tool could help Aboriginal women have a voice in policy development at the provincial level.
The conferences provide Aboriginal women with the opportunity to connect, share experiences and plan steps necessary to improve the quality of life in their communities.
Representatives from all Aboriginal groups in the province participate in the conferences. The conferences are planned by a steering committee made up of representatives from Aboriginal groups and communities across the province and the Women’s Policy Office. The steering committee nominates the delegates who attend the conference.
The National Aboriginal Women's Summit took place from June 20-22, 2007 in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador. The Summit brought together approximately 150 Aboriginal women and 150 representatives from all levels of Government and Aboriginal organizations from across Canada.
Topics discussed at the Summit were based on three themes: 1) Health, Safety and Wellness 2) Equality and Empowerment and 3) Strength, Balance and Honour. As a result of the discussions at the Summit 39 priorities were highlighted which all levels of government, as well as a number of national Aboriginal groups committed to working towards.
For more information on the Summit please visit: Labrador and Aboriginal Affairs
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