Bringing light and hope Wapna'kikewi'skwaq - Women of First Light recognizes that our world
is out of balance.
We are matricultural societies. The western imposed system has turned our world upside down and caused much harm to men, women, and children.
We work to heal and empower women and men based on our traditional ways.
Membertou Red Dress park opening Nov 2022
We`koqma`q Community Commemoration
Although many of us have worked informally together for 14 years, we came together in the spring of 2016 at the invitation of the Catherine Donnelly Foundation. The Foundation wondered if we wanted to form an eastern hub of Righting Relations. The 35 women gathered gave a loud yes. And Apji-wla'Matulinej (Righting Relations) was born.
We agreed we wanted to change the story of Indigenous women from one of being a victim to one of resilience, power, hope and love. After brainstorming on all the things we could do for our communities, we realized we needed to heal and strengthen ourselves first. We needed to build trust among ourselves and we needed to re-learn and remember how Creator intended us to be. From this, a few years later, Women of First Light was born.