How IAAW is responding to the current public health crisis.

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The health, safety, and well-being of our members, staff and communities remains our top priority. Please see below for a list of actions we are undertaking during this uncertain time.  

WE ARE Doing our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19

  • Encourage hand-washing and social distancing measures as recommended by Public Health Agency of Canada
  • Allowed staff to work from home until further notice
  • Cancelled all programs for the next two weeks that normally happen in our office (including Healthy Relationships, Empower U Financial Independence Training, and Firekeepers)
  • Postponed our upcoming events including the Indigenous Women’s and Family Gatherings in Edmonton and Calgary, Empower U Leadership Day, Esquao Awards and two other community events scheduled for March.
  • Staying up to date on COVID-19 developments and recommendations by the Public Health Agency of Canada

WE ARE Incorporating additional health and safety measures at the office

  • Encourage hand-washing and social distancing measures as recommended by Public Health Agency of Canada for those that need to come into the office
  • Mandated that if anyone believes they have been in contact with an unwell person or someone returning from airports, that they remain at home and self isolate.
  • Limiting the office to staff only
  • Limiting the number of people in staff room and small spaces as per social distancing guidelines (2 meters apart)
  • Encourage disinfection of individual offices at the end of the workday
  • Regular disinfection of all office spaces on Fridays  

WE ARE Reaching out to our participants

  • Managing requests for information and support by phone.
  • Program staff reach out to our participants by phone
  • Provide resources and contact numbers to participants that require additional support

WE ARE Offering online supports and resources

We are coordinating the following webinars to be presented in the coming weeks:

  • Family art and craft time (Lana Whiskeyjack)
  • Engaging your kids through music (Jay Gilday)
  • Natural healing medicines (Carrie Langevin)
  • Coping with Unemployment (Darryl Bretton Jr.)
  • Managing Anxiety (Stephanie Harpe)
  • Healing though Music (Sherryl Sewepagaham)
  • Maintaining Sobriety (Marggo Pariseau)
  • Healthy Relationships (Bernadette Swanson)

Going forward

We will continue to stay connected within our communities and monitor developments and recommendations by the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Our Programs

Our Mission

Develop and deliver services that advance the individual capacity of Aboriginal women, their families, and communities

Create opportunities to address discrimination against Aboriginal women

Identify and promote opportunities for Indigenous women to participate in policy development and decision-making

Celebrate the strengths and achievements of Aboriginal women

Establish forums and networks for Aboriginal women to exchange information and experiences

Our Mandate

To recognize and promote the leadership of Aboriginal women in Alberta; to assist Aboriginal women in establishing local representative groups; to develop relationships to promote the human rights and dignity of Aboriginal women and their families; and to address economic, social, cultural and political issues at the provincial, federal, and international levels as they impact Aboriginal women in the communities.