Overview

The First Nations and Métis Women’s Councils on Economic Security, first established in 2013, provide the Alberta government with recommendations on policies, programs and services that can improve the lives of Indigenous women, their families and communities.

Each council member comes from a diverse professional or volunteer background. Both councils have a designated seat for an Inuk woman to ensure Inuit community representation.

Government action

The Alberta government has taken action on the following recommendations:

Council reports

In 2019-20, the Economic Security Councils met with the Minister of Indigenous Relations, government representatives and community organizations to discuss barriers and challenges Indigenous women and girls face. These discussions included providing perspectives and advice regarding:

  • Government of Alberta response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Disclosure to Protect Against Domestic Violence (Clare's Law) Act
  • trauma-informed care
  • Alberta Indigenous Opportunities Corporation

Both Councils have set their priorities for 2020 and are undertaking specific action items in support of their priority areas, such as safety, justice, health and economic development.

The Councils have made recommendations in the past in areas including, but not limited to, child welfare, justice system reform and violence against women.

The councils have provided the following reports:

Contact

Connect with Indigenous Relations:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-2711
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-4019
Contact government

Address for Indigenous Relations mail / courier:
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 4G8