Status of Women Canada launches Indigenous Women’s Circle to address inequalities facing Indigenous Women and Girls

News release

Minister Monsef engaging with Indigenous women leaders and experts on strategies to address systemic barriers

May 24, 2018 – Gatineau, QC – Status of Women Canada

No relationship is more important to Canada than the relationship with Indigenous peoples, and the federal government is committed to taking actions that will support Indigenous women and girls in reaching their full potentials.

In that spirit, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, met with the newly created Indigenous Women’s Circle today to discuss ways of addressing systemic inequalities that disproportionately impact Indigenous women and girls. The meeting also took place during Indigenous Awareness Week.

Deputy Minister of Status of Women Canada, Gina Wilson, who is Algonquin, will chair the Indigenous Women’s Circle. The Circle will have an advisory role for a two-year term and provide an opportunity for Status of Women Canada to consult with leaders in Indigenous communities on the challenges they face and their priorities for the Government of Canada related to advancing gender equality. Members of the Circle come from a broad range of sectors and include First Nations, Métis, Inuit, youth and Elders, with representation coming from all parts of the country. Each member brings a wealth of knowledge related to Status of Women Canada’s three priority areas: increasing women’s economic security and prosperity; encouraging women’s leadership and democratic participation; and ending violence against women and girls. They will share strategic guidance and expertise to inform federal action.


“There is no relationship more important to our government and to Canada than the one with Indigenous peoples, and no doubt that women hold the key to the success of our reconciliation efforts. Their power, resilience, insights and lived experiences are essential to ensuring that federal action is good for the economy and for all communities. Collaboration with the Indigenous Women’s Circle will inform our work, and assist us to help address the barriers that prevent Indigenous women and girls’ from thriving in all areas of their lives. I look forward to engaging in a meaningful dialogue with the esteemed members of the Circle to learn from them and work in partnership towards our shared goals.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, P.C., M.P.
Minister of Status of Women

“I am so honoured that these amazing women have agreed to join this Circle – a place for us to come together, use our voices, be seen, be heard, empower each other and to share wisdom.”

Gina Wilson
Deputy Minister, Status of Women Canada

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is committed to advancing reconciliation with Inuit, First Nations, and the Métis Nation. The focus is on building a renewed relationship with Indigenous peoples, one based on the recognition of rights, respect, co-operation, and partnership.

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Célia Canon
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Status of Women

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Communications Officer
Status of Women Canada

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