The IAAW provides a number of programs and services to promote the advancement of Aboriginal women in Alberta. Click below to learn more:

Financial Literacy

IAAW’s financial independence training addresses poverty in a cultural context by building skills and confidence in women and girls.


A safe space for our women to share their stories, learn traditional ways of healing, and experience the support of their peers and elders.

Esquao Youth Leadership Development Program

IAAW offers a youth leadership development program to build skills and confidence in young women aged 13-17 years old.

Esquao Awards

Since 1995, IAAW has coordinated a community recognition ceremony to honour the strength, resilience and beauty of First Nation, Metis and Inuit women in Alberta.

Justice Initiatives

IAAW has extensive experience in collaborative action planning on reforms needed to improve outcomes for Aboriginal women accessing or involved in the justice system.

Safety in the City Project

Aboriginal women and youth have the opportunity to work on activities that are designed to improve safety for themselves and for their community.

Indigenous Women’s Violence Prevention Program

Implement programs and services to address violence against Indigenous women through new program development, research and collaborative activities.

Building Our Bundle

This is a six-week online mental and spiritual health program to support Indigenous youth during COVID-19 social isolation.

Healthy Relationships with Kokum Elsie Paul

Join us every week on Tuesday’s for a Zoom session with Kokum Elsie Paul. These 2-hour sessions offer mental, spiritual and cultural teachings to support Indigenous Women

ISET Program

In September 2020, the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW) became a new site for the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training (ISET) program, as part of the benefits of becoming a new provincial-territorial member association (PTMA) of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC).

View our Calendar for dates and more details about our programs.