Building off the success of our inaugural summit in June 2022, Equal Futures 2023 will be held on the traditional territories of Kwanlin Dün First Nation and Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, also known as Whitehorse, from May 17-18, 2023. The summit will gather the gender equality movement, in all its diversity, from coast-to-coast-to-coast to share expertise, strengthen capacity and shape a path towards a more equitable and inclusive Canada. 

Through the theme of “People, Perspectives and Partnerships, the summit will centre the diversity of voices that make up the gender equality movement, share experiences from the North and highlight the unique challenges faced by northern and rural communities. 

Keynote Highlight: Chief Amanda Leas (Hare)

We’re excited to begin day one of the summit with a keynote address from Chief Amanda Leas (Hare)! A Tagish Khwáan descendant, Dakhl’awèdí and member of the wolf clan, Chief Amanda has a Southern Tutchone (mother), Han (father), and is a citizen and elected Chief of Ta’an Kwäch’än Council.

Elected in October 2021, she is fully embracing her role and believes in positive outcomes in her 3-year term. A mother of 3 beautiful humans, her limited downtime is dedicated to making beaded pieces of wearable art. She has been featured at local stores and is a member of the Yukon First Nations Arts program.

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.