Esquao Youth Leadership Programming

Leadership Development

IAAW offers a youth leadership development to build skills and confidence in young women aged 13-17 years old.

  • In school and after-school programming focused on increasing safety through activities, connection to resources and providing opportunities for community involvement.
  • Participants develop public speaking skills, learn more about current events and what is a healthy relationship.
  • Presentations and short-term activities offered to group homes and youth groups

Programming runs every other Tuesday each month at the IAAW office. For more details, email our program coordinator Stephanie at

Summer Youth Programming

A 4-day intensive summer camp for Young Indigenous Women.

Main components included:
1. Healthy Self
2. Building Confidence
3. Safety Awareness
4. Relationships

Principles of the camp:
• Infuse cultural teachings into daily educational components by having three Elders participate in most of the activities.
• Attract young women who were vulnerable, possibly in foster care or group care
• Ensure an alcohol and drug-free environment – maintain close relationship with the local police
• Employ staff and support persons who are compassionate, yet firm
• Keep participants active throughout the day and allow time to debrief at the nighttime campfire
• Supply healthy meals and snacks