Our Stories

We know the challenges that Indigenous women in our communities face every day. And in the face of such adversity, Indigenous women thrive as beautiful leaders, breaking down barriers for future generations.

Painting by Kiona Callihoo Ligtvoet

Indigenous women have a voice. We serve to amplify their voices and provide a platform for Indigenous women leaders to advocate for the rights and freedoms of all Indigenous women.

Esquao, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, is an Alberta non-profit organization that serves to amplify the voices of Indigenous women on the issues and challenges they face. As proud Indigenous people, we continually strive to empower all Indigenous peoples in the reinforcement and rediscovery of their language, culture, and spiritual practices.

We seek to be a source of truth… and a place where spirits are lifted. We are a voice for change… a voice for healing… a voice for reconciliation… and a voice for Indigenous women everywhere. A voice that proudly highlights the strength, courage, and resiliency of Indigenous women and gender diverse populations across Alberta and Canada. We know the challenges that Indigenous women in our communities face every day. And in the face of such adversity, Indigenous women thrive as beautiful leaders, breaking down barriers for future generations. We are at the forefront of breaking down systemic barriers — as leaders and advocates, experienced in taking on larger issues, shaping policy, and collaborating with our partners. We are deeply connected to our traditions and committed to providing programs and developing opportunities for the women we serve.

Esquao

Empowerment

Esquao Awards 2023

Call for nominations until January 15, 2023.

Do you know an Indigenous woman in your community you want to honour? Consider recognizing her work by nominating her for an Esquao Award.

Our Programs

Esquao provides a number of programs and services to promote the advancement of Indigenous women in Alberta.

News & Events

Keep up to date for the latest news about Esquao programs and how we are involved in your community.