The Equal Futures Network, an initiative of the Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH), is thrilled to announce our partnership with Mapping the Way as a part of Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit. The summit 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 Yukon is at the forefront of Indigenous governance in Canada. 11 of 14 Yukon First Nations have Final and Self-Government Agreements and the Yukon is home to almost half of all modern, comprehensive treaties and self-government agreements in Canada. Launched in 2009, Mapping the Way is a non-partisan public education initiative and is run by the 11 self-governing Yukon First Nations, the Council of Yukon First Nations and the governments of Yukon and Canada. 

Mapping the Way celebrates and raises awareness about Yukon First Nation land claims and self-government. They share some of the stories of the people and events that helped map the way to a new governance landscape for all Yukoners. These include stories of Agreements Trailblazers, information on the history and content of Yukon’s modern treaties and the ground breaking Together Today for our Children Tomorrow document. 

As we prepare to travel to the Yukon, some of us for the first time, we encourage participants to check out Mapping the Way and learn more about Yukon’s governance and the way Yukon First Nations are leading the way towards self-determination and self-governance.

Through the theme of “People, Perspectives and Partnerships”, Equal Futures 2023 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.

Equal Futures 2023: A Gender Equality Summit is supported by Women and Gender Equality Canada.

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Media Contact:

Charmaine Crockett

Director, Stakeholder Engagement 

Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) | 613-863-9489

The Equal Futures Network, a CanWaCH initiative, brings together over 500 organizations, agencies, non-profits and grassroots community groups across Canada that are committed to advancing gender equality. Made possible through the financial support of Women and Gender Equality Canada, the Equal futures Network builds diverse partnerships to accelerate Canada’s progress in achieving equality and empowerment.

CanWaCH | The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health is comprised of approximately 100 Canadian non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academic institutions, health professional associations and individuals partnering to improve health outcomes for women and children in more than 1,000 communities worldwide.

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

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