YWCA Northern Lights Girls Club/Setting the Stage

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Northern Lights Girls Club

YWCA Agvvik Nunavut started the “Northern Lights Girls” program with the support of the Canadian Women’s Foundation and other community resources in Iqaluit. The program caters to girls between the ages of 11-13. This program encourages and helps participants use and develop leadership skills in order to cultivate valuable friendships while employing their own voices, talents and skills. This program helps young girls in Iqaluit to increase awareness about violence and its root causes while exploring their self, personal achievement and building positive self-esteem. Elders from the community speak to the girls about healthy life choices and model Inuit values and beliefs. Girls are also provided with traditional knowledge and history concerning gender roles and how they have changed, the impact of residential schools and the movement of family violence into settlements. The program has been involved in organizing workshops and conferences, building partnerships with other community organizations as well as prevention, and intervention of family violence in Iqaluit


Setting the Stage

Given the high rates of violence against women and other social issues concerning women and children in Iqaluit, the absence of girls and young women’s voices on current social and economic conditions creates a pressing need to support and cultivate the younger generations. Young women need the support to overcome barriers, articulate their concerns, develop skills, knowledge, self-esteem, and the self-confidence to have a greater voice within the community. This project brings together young women between the ages of 10- 24 living in Iqaluit to identify barriers and issues, develop strategies and implement activities and programing that are culturally appropriate. The project develops the capacity of young women to participate in civic, political and community life.

PO Box 237
Iqaluit Nunavut X0A 0H0