YW programs provide a positive avenue for women, gender diverse people, and youth to challenge themselves and develop skills that will help them become self-reliant. Our programs nurture the growth of women, gender diverse individiuals, and young people in the community, helping them build the confidence and self-esteem needed to be a changemaker.
With over a century of dedication to women and their families, the YWCA serves the community as one of our region’s largest non-profit organizations. Over the years we’ve developed our programming to meet the changing needs of local women and gender diverse individuals and remain committed to gender equality.
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In this territory, Indigenous peoples continue to endure inequality, violence, and oppression due to colonialism. This is magnified by the historical and ongoing widespread failure by settlers and institutions to uphold their responsibilities within the Dish With One Spoon Covenant. To fulfill our vision of an inclusive and equitable world where women are empowered to choose change, we must stand in allyship with Indigenous peoples.
To us, allyship is a continuous process; it is not a designation that one can earn and hold forever, or a label one can give themselves. Allyship is earned through actions. As beneficiaries of this land, we have a responsibility to acknowledge and understand its history and the current experiences of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples, and to be accountable to the oppression they continue to face.
We commit in our work and our community to hold ourselves accountable in the continuous work of decolonizing, to ensure that we do not perpetuate the harms of colonization and to begin to repair them.
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