Empowering Women, Youth & Families
Web Equay Mamow-No-Kii-Win will strive for positive social change in the community by working together with Chief and Council and community resources to empower women, youth, and families of the Webequie First Nation.
- To promote Webequie's original language, culture and traditional lifestyle in all group forums, activities and events.
- To provide education and awareness, training, workshops, facilitate sharing/talking circles on different issues including health & wellness, mental health, family violence, job training, economic, political and spiritual.
- To work proactively with families of Webequie, including elders, men, women and youth towards positive social change.
- To provide forums in the community for women of all ages, youth and families to express their issues and concerns.
- To provide an employment skills training program, resources and support services for women to gain skills to enter or re-enter the workforce.
- To maintain communication, establish networks and build linkages with other programs in the community which will include local Webequie organizations and other aboriginal groups.
The Webequie Women's Circle formed in May, 2003 to address the many issues of particular concern to women. Some of the issues that affect our social well being include: lack of employment, housing, cost of food & doing business, youth issues and suicides, health care, family violence and governance. However, due to lack of organization and specific goals, development was hindered. We recognized that if we wanted to be strong effective group, and have our voices heard in decision making processes, then we had to organize professionally.
A joint proposal was submitted under the name, Webequie's Women's Circle to both Heritage Canada and the Status of Women, Women's Programs, in late October, 2004, Approval was received for both projects in January and February. Two consultants were hired, Kevin MacDonald to assist with project development and Mary Anne Seabrook to facilitate in the organizational development and consultation sessions.
The both projects objectives and outcomes have been met in a short time-frame span.
26-Nov-08 Webequie, ON - Web-Equay Mamownokiiwin conducted elections for its Board of Directors at a community women's meeting on Wednesday, November 26, 2008.
Left to Right: Isabelle Neshinapaise, board member; Harriet Mekanak, Vice-President; Beulah Wabasse, President; Dorothy Wabasse, Secretary-Treasurer; and Evelyn Spence, board member. The women's group is currently working on an Ontario Trillium project to research community interest in a youth curfew by-law.