We’re filled with immense gratitude for all who joined us from coast-to-coast-to-coast on the traditional territories of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, also known as Whitehorse, and online.

Bringing together the gender equality movement, in all its diversity, the summit featured reflections on the challenges and setbacks faced within the movement, created opportunities for collaboration and collective action and shared moments of inspiration and celebration that inspire our work. 

Experience your favourite sessions again or check out those you missed, check out the Equal Futures 2023 recordings below!

May 17, 2023 – Longhouse

May 17, 2023 – Multipurpose Room

May 18, 2023 – Longhouse

May 18, 2023 – Multipurpose Room

May 17, 2023

9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. MST: Welcome Remarks & Territorial Acknowledgement

Welcome Remarks with Julia Anderson, CEO of CanWaCH, and Territorial Acknowledgement, Chief Amanda Leas, Chief of Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. MST: Opening Panel: The Power of Partnership: Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equality in Rural and Northern Communities & Knowledge Spotlights

Join us for a dynamic panel that will set the stage for Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit. In this session, a diverse panel of Northern leaders, change-makers and local voices will unpack the unique challenges for advancing GE in their communities, share solutions and discuss the opportunities to develop partnerships with GE movements across Canada.

11:35 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST: Knowledge Spotlight

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. MST: Panel: The Case for Feminist Financing: Building the Bridge to use Finance as a Strategy to Advance Gender Equality & Social Change

Join us for a dynamic and enlightening discussion between leaders and changemakers in the feminist financing, funding and philanthropy space who will unpack what challenges they face in these systems and share their best practices and lessons learned along the journey towards creating a feminist and equal future for all.

3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. MST: Panel: Transforming Food Security and Nutrition – Perspectives for Food Justice

Join us for a dynamic panel that will unpack and connect the challenges of food security through a gendered lens and its implications for advancing gender equality in Canada and around the world. In this session, participants will hear from a diverse panel who will unpack the unique challenges at the nexus of gender equality, nutrition and food security, share solutions and discuss the opportunities to develop partnerships with local and global movements pushing for gender transformative approaches for equitable food systems.

11:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST: Info Session: Criterion Institute

Criterion Institute is a nonprofit think tank dedicated to expanding what investors, governments, and civil society organizations see as possible for using finance to create transformative social change. Criterion has spent the past two decades working with partners to design financial solutions to advance social justice, gender equality, and economic development goals. Our work is fundamentally about challenging and changing the power dynamics inherent in using finance for social change. We seek to transform whose voices are heard, whose expertise is valued, and whose metrics define success. “Fostering a Feminist Imagination” builds on Criterion’s two decades of work to support social change organizations to see themselves as having the power to influence financial systems and design new interventions. For more information, see Criterion’s newly published report “Fostering a Feminist Financial Imagination: A Radical Conversation about Finance, Feminist Futures, and Transformative Change.”

1 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. MST: Workshop: Sxwpilemaát Siyám

2:25 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. MST: Knowledge Spotlight (SIECCAN)

3 p.m. to 4:20 p.m. MST: Knowledge Spotlight (Cuso)

May 18, 2023

9 a.m. to 9:35 a.m. MST: Welcome Remarks and Keynote

9:45 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. MST: Opening Panel: Rural, Remote and Northern 2SLGBTQIA+ Voices Leading the Way for Advancing Equity and Social Change

Join us for a powerful breakout session that will focus on showcasing the voices and leadership of the 2SLGBTQ+ community who are creating meaningful change in rural, remote and Northern communities, both in Canada and around the world. Hear their stories as they share how they are working to advance equity and social justice to create spaces for the 2SLGBTQ+ community to thrive and their own experiences of queer joy.

12:15 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. MST: Community Dialogue: Gender Based Violence – Community Perspectives on a National Emergency

1:40 p.m. to 2:20 p.m. MST: Closing Fireside Chat: The Future of Feminism – Shifting Power Narratives and Practices towards Reconciliation

Join us for a powerful fireside chat with a leading feminist activist to discuss their views on the current status of the feminist movement and what they hope to see in the future in order to create a just, equitable and inclusive society.

12:15 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. MST: La voix des jeunes Franco-Yukonnais pour l’égalité des genres : des idées pour changer le monde

Presented in French

Les jeunes étudiant·es francophones du club d’inclusion du Centre scolaire secondaire communautaire Paul-Émile Mercier vous invitent à assister à leur panel, qui inclut trois volets importants. En partenariat avec le député du Nouveau Parti Démocratique du Yukon, Lane Tredger vous présentera l’amendement dans la loi sur l’éducation au Yukon qui mandate les directions d’école de d’assurer et de prendre des mesures qui favorisent l’égalité et la non-discrimination. Vous verrez comment ces changements politiques s’opèrent concrètement dans l’élaboration du club d’inclusion à l’école CSSC Mercier. Les élèves vous présenterons leur club, son fonctionnement, leurs valeurs ainsi que les innovations que l’école a mis en place pour rendre les lieux plus inclusifs et accueillants pour tous les genres. Enfin, une activité interactive vous sera proposée! On vous invite à réfléchir à des moyens concrets pour rendre votre milieu de travail plus inclusif! Joignez-vous aux élèves pour cette expérience inspirante et engageante, qui vous donnera les outils pour devenir des agent·es de changement dans votre communauté.

The Equal Futures Network acknowledges that Indigenous people are the traditional guardians of Turtle Island, on the land also known as Canada

Read our full Territory Acknowledgment here.