Hearing Our Voices
A SELF-GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE OF THE LIARD ABORIGINAL WOMEN'S SOCIETY
This eighteen month initiative sought to engage First Nations Women in the development of public policy at a criticaljuncture in the evolution of self-governance with the Kaska Nation in northern BC and the Yukon. The initiative created a forum for Kaska women to participate and assume roles of leadership in the constitutional developmental process of the Kaska Nation through public consultations that coordinated their input with five Kaska communities. The primary objectives of this initiative was to increase public awareness and inform public debate on women's key concerns regarding governance, and to achieve an informed consensus among Kaska women regarding the Kaska national constitution. This initiative provided meaningful opportunities for Kaska women to shape research, gain critical skills and experience, and enhance their overall capacity to take more active and visible roles of leadership and advocacy in their communities.
Liard Aboriginal Women would like to acknowledge the leadership of Kaska Tribal Chief Hammond Dick, Chief McMillan, Chief Donny VanSomer, Chief Jack Caesar, Chief Walter Carlick, Chief Gordon Peter and Chief Emil McCook.