Minerva was founded on the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. For us, it doesn’t make sense to exist in the space of women’s leadership without supporting Indigenous leadership. From the beginning, Minerva BC has actively sought to engage Indigenous women as beneficiaries, consultants, leaders and teachers in our programs.
Since 2007, we have delivered culturally-relevant leadership and career development programs in Bella Coola, Cranbrook, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, Haida Gwaii, Kamloops, Prince George, Prince Rupert, Terrace and Vancouver.
This work was supported by many Indigenous and non-Indigenous leaders, who contributed their time, expertise, passion and resources to bringing this work to life. Through this work, we have positively impacted 800 women in communities across BC.
Two of our recent programs include the Community Leadership Program and Indigenous Roots.
Community Leadership Program
The Community Leadership Program was developed in response to a needs assessment that Minerva conducted across BC. The assessment highlighted the need for more community-based programming for Indigenous women.
The Community Leadership Program offered 10-days of hands-on learning designed to strengthen capacity of women leaders. This program was made possible through partnerships with First Nations communities as well as committed donors and sponsors.
Click here to learn how this program inspired women in Prince Rupert to make a difference in their community.
From 2016-2018, we piloted an outdoor leadership program with the goal of helping young women break stereotypes and reach their full potential through self-discovery in the natural world. We partnered with two exceptional organizations, Power to Be and Fireside Adventures, to create a unique year-long program that included a 21-day outdoor leadership excursion.
We had the pleasure of working with 50 young women, including Jacoby MacDonald. Click here to learn how Jacoby developed the confidence to share her story with thousands of other young people.
We are currently completing an in-depth evaluation of Indigenous Roots with the goal of launching a new version in 2020. Stay tuned!