Esquao is a voice for change, a voice for healing, a voice for reconciliation, and a voice for Indigenous women everywhere.
Esquao, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, is an Alberta non-profit organization that serves to amplify and share the voices of Indigenous women on the issues and challenges they face.
Serving as a conduit to government, boards, academia, funders, and the public, we are at the forefront of breaking down systemic barriers—as leaders, experienced in taking on larger issues, shaping policy, collaborating with our partners, and developing positive outcomes and opportunities for the women we serve.
Esquao is the stylized version of the Cree word for woman. We recognize and celebrate the role, value and achievements of Indigenous women. Our organization is open to all First Nations, Métis and Inuit women and their families, offering services and programs developed by Indigenous women for Indigenous women.
We are equally connected to our traditions and committed to advocating for the women we serve. Drawing upon the guidance of our respected Circle of Elders, Esquao is a voice for change, a voice for healing, a voice for reconciliation, and a voice for Indigenous women everywhere.
While important steps have been taken, the journey is far from over. We welcome you to join us on this journey.