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Women of First Light is
a non-profit group led by Indigenous women from Wabanaki Territory. 


Women of the First Light brings the Wanabaki people together to understand the universe deeper.


Each language holds a piece, and bringing them together broadens the understanding of the cosmos and our relationships with it. Our purpose is to heal our communities, families and society by remembering and returning to the traditional ways of our ancestors.

We work to bring back the balance and restore the role of Clan Mothers.

Teaching's
Videos

Wabanaki Knowledge Keepers
February 2022

Journey to Forgiveness

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Our Story

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.

Drops of  Wisdom

April, 2021

Teaching Children
on Wampum Belts

Tobacco Seed &
Indigenous Science

Sacred Beings. Moon &
Sun Calendar. Longhouse Life.

Wampum Meaning &
Word for Treaty

What we do

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.

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Ta'n Teli L'nuwulti'k
A Leadership Program
Based on Traditional

Teachings

Wapna’kikewi’skwaq

WOFL Feminine

Leadership

Retreat 2020

Language And Culture Project Summary Report -

Traditional Moose Hide

Tanning Session 2019

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The Peaked Hat  Project

OUR Peaked Cap Workshops

* Millbrook, Halifax, Membertou, We'Koqma'q * 

We gathered family members of MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) to learn how to make Peaked Hats to honour their loved ones...

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Peaked Cap

Workshop 

* Whith Tayla Paul *

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In memory of my granddaughter Michelle Ginnish, Lentuk ji’j Kesalul T’us. Little Deer.    Rose Marie Francis

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In loving memory of

Cassidy Jean Bernard,  taken too soon! 

Gina Poulette, Mi’kmawi’skw, We’koqma’q

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The Tia'm (moose) is my clan. The waving line is for water as, without it, there is no life. The Flower is for my Spirit name Mimajuaqan  na wasuek – Centre Life of the flower By Marian Nicolas

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Honouring all our sisters and brothers who were murdered or missing.  Marilyn Francis, Mi’kmawi’skw, Acadia 

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Honouring my grandmother, Mary Kate (Herney) Michael, and her unborn child,  who was murdered in 1936.   Janey Michael, We’koqma’q 

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Msit Mijua’ji’j Kesite’tasit – EVERY CHILD IS CHERISHED . Margaret Pelletier for Annie Gould, We’koqma’q

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This Peaked Cap is dedicated to the late Madeline Nora Bernard, who won the largest class-action suit in Canadian history for her Shubenacadie Indian Residential School Survivors.  By her daughter Natalie MacLeod-Gloade

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You will be in our hearts forever,

Cassidy,  Mona Bernard, We’koqma’q

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Coloring Book

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From the place of teachings, from where the sun rises, from the people of the dawn Wapna’kikewi’skwaq – Women of the First Light grew out of Righting Relations/Apajiwla’matulinej, a national network of adult educators and grassroots organizers working for social change. 

 

Our purpose is to heal and empower Indigenous communities. As women are the strength of our communities, we start thereby working to change the story of Indigenous women from one of being a victim to one of resilience, power, hope and love.

 

From our hearts, we say Wela’liek to the family members who have shared this journey with us. Wela’liek to our supporters


Wela’liek to the NS Archives for permission to use their old photos Artists retain all copyrights to original art pieces and designs. Pieces cannot be reproduced beyond this publication or educational purposes without written permission

from the publisher and respective artist.

All our Relations

Get in touch with Wapna'kikewi'skwaq - Women of First Light to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.


Email: womenoffirstlight@gmail.com 

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