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.
Day 1 – May 17
Longhouse (Main Room)
8 – 9:30 A.M.
Doors & Registration Open
9:30 – 9:50 A.M.
Opening Keynote Speaker
10 A.M. – 11:30 A.M.
Opening Panel: The Power of Partnership: Perspectives on Advancing Gender Equality in Rural and Northern Communities & Knowledge Spotlights
On May 17, from 10-11:30 MST, 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.
12 – 1 P.M.
1 – 2:30 P.M.
Panel: The Case for Feminist Financing: Building the Bridge to use Finance as a Strategy to Advance Gender Equality & Social Change
On May 17, from 1-2:30 PM MDT, 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 – 4:30 PM
Panel: Transforming Food Security and Nutrition – Perspectives for Food Justice
On May 17, from 3-4:30 PDT 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.
4:30 – 5 P.M.
5 – 7 P.M.
Evening Reception: Performance from The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers and Spoken Word Performance from Yukon Speaks
5 P.M. – Welcome Remarks: Pride at Work Canada 5:10 P.M. – Dakhká Khwáan Dancers 5:30 P.M. – Poetry Reading from Yukon Words – Fabienne Shepherd Stone 5:40 P.M. – Closing Remarks: Pride at Work Canada 5:45 P.M. – Mingling & Networking
Community Dialogue: Gender-Based Violence – Community Perspectives on a National Emergency
11:15 A.M. – 12:15 P.M.
12:15 – 1:30 P.M.
Community Dialogue: Gender Based Violence – Community Perspectives on a National Emergency
1:30 – 1:40 P.M.
1:30 – 2:30 P.M.
Closing Fireside Chat: The Future of Feminism
On May 18, from 1:45-2:45 MDT, 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.
2:30 – 2:40 P.M.
Multipurpose Room (Room 2)
10 – 11:30 A.M.
12:15 – 1:30 P.M.
La voix des jeunes Franco-Yukonnais pour l’égalité des genres : des idées pour changer le monde (Presented in French)
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