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Indigenous Leadership Circle

We are excited to announce that the Women in Leadership Foundation has been awarded federal funding for a new project called "The Indigenous Leadership Circle". The Indigenous Leadership Circle project is funded by the Government of Canada’s Workplace Opportunities: Removing Barriers to Equity program, created and managed by the Women in Leadership Foundation, and is led by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women.

The Indigenous Leadership Circle Team will be conducting research aimed at Professional Indigenous Women, Indigenous Women in the Education System and Employer & Industry Stakeholders and value your input through a series of surveys and round-table meetings. The results from the findings through these surveys and meetings will be showcased at our Indigenous Leadership Virtual Forum, which will be held on March 8, 2022. Stay tuned for more details!

The Indigenous Leadership Circle project is being led by a team of Indigenous and non-Indigenous women with the intent to explore the barriers, create tools and showcase best practices to help place and support Indigenous women in Senior Management and Board positions to these four Federally Regulated Private Sectors: Banking and Financial Services, Communications, Transportation and Technology.

Objectives of the Program:

  • Increasing understanding and awareness of employers regarding Indigenous women’s barriers in accessing senior management and board positions; and

  • Creating tools, providing research, resources and highlighting best practices.

We intend to showcase best practices for stakeholders on how to address barriers and enable employers to engage more Indigenous women in leadership opportunities. We are passionate about being in service to Indigenous women by listening, hearing and providing these sectors the knowledge to target inequities in their practices so they may transform workspaces.

We value the opportunity to collaborate with employers, educational institutions, and stakeholders to engage and grow Indigenous women’s leadership.

We have a series of survey's that we are requesting participation from Professional Indigenous Women, Indigenous Women in the Education System and Employer & Industry Stakeholders.

If you are interested in participating, we would value your input. Our survey's for each target category can be found here below:

The Indigenous Leadership Team:

Project Team Lead: Sxwpilemaát Siyám (Chief Leanne Joe)

Project Team Member: Maureen McKinnon

Project Team Member: Natasha Neufeld

Project Team Member: Sheryl Rivers

For further information or your organization is interested in participating, please contact Maureen McKinnon at or Natasha Neufeld at

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