Councils on economic security
The First Nations and Métis Women’s Councils on Economic Security 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 and / or volunteer background. Both councils have a designated seat for an Inuk woman to ensure Inuit community representation.
- Members of the First Nations Women's Council on Economic Security
- Members of the Métis Women's Council on Economic Security
The councils, established in 2013, have provided the following reports:
The Government of Alberta is currently preparing its response to the 2017 recommendations from each Council.
In response to the 2014 and 2016 recommendations, government has:
- launched an Indigenous services web portal to improve access to government programs and services
- provided funding support for leadership / empowerment initiatives for young Indigenous women
- facilitated opportunities for Indigenous women to sell their art in the Legislative Assembly Visitor Centre
- funded a cultural initiative at Heritage Park Historical Village in Calgary that highlights the traditional roles of Indigenous women
- provided funding to help create a provincial Indigenous tourism group.
Indigenous Women’s Initiatives leads department actions to improve social and economic outcomes for Indigenous women in Alberta.
Beginning in 2016, Indigenous Relations began providing $100,000 in annual funding to the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW).
The IAAW recognizes the role, value and achievements of Indigenous women in society and raises awareness about the challenges and obstacles faced by Indigenous women.
The IAAW is an important partner in the government’s work to improve / enhance social and economic opportunities for Indigenous women in Alberta.
To connect with Indigenous Relations:
Address for Indigenous Relations mail / courier:
19th Floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4G8