Finding Your Voice Women’s Programs

Looking for Women’s Program events?

The BC Métis Federation regularly hosts women-specific workshops and seminars around the province. Check the upcoming events page to see if there is an event planned for your community.

The BC Métis Federation (BCMF) honours the incredible strength and influence of Métis women in their communities.  BCMF is proud to offer a range of women-specific workshops and seminars through its Finding Your Voice Women’s Program.

Program Pillars

Empowerment

The BCMF Women’s Program exists to empower Métis women in BC in every aspect of their lives. Whether through workshops, cultural experiences, or simply connecting with fellow women, our goal is to help them realize their full potential and embrace their unique voice.

Equality and Justice

Métis women in BC deserve equality and justice in every aspect of their lives. That’s why BCMF is dedicated to providing educational programs that support their journey towards economic independence, improved health, and a life free from violence.

Well-being

Métis women in BC can find a supportive community and resources to enhance both their physical and mental well-being.

Standing Against Violence

Violence against women has no place in our society. BCMF’s Women’s Program is dedicated to providing education, awareness, and support to help prevent and address violence in all its forms.

Breaking Down Barriers

We believe in breaking down barriers and smashing through stereotypes. Our program is all about empowering Métis women in BC to overcome obstacles, challenge societal norms, and reach for the stars without limitations.

Workshops and Seminars

The following workshops and seminars are part of the Finding Your Voice Women’s Program. Be sure to follow BCMF on Facebook and Instagram for updates on upcoming events. You can find upcoming events here.

If you’d like to organize a workshop or seminar in your community, contact Louise Lambert via email: L.Lambert@BCMetis.com

Smart Crime Prevention

Learn from seasoned law enforcement officers how to minimize your risk of falling victim to crime. Dive into topics such as:

  • Identifying and handling online cyber harassment, including recognizing warning signs and taking appropriate action
  • Smart online practices for prevention, such as protecting your personal information and avoiding scams
  • Enhancing your situational awareness to proactively reduce risks in various environments
  • Protecting yourself while traveling, driving alone, or entering empty spaces with practical safety tips
  • Staying informed about the latest financial scams to safeguard your finances and personal information

Preventing Cyber Violence and Harassment

Delve into the realm of cyber safety with us. Understand the misuse of technology and gain practical strategies to safeguard yourself against cyber harassment, including:

  • Recognizing different forms of cyber violence, such as harassment, stalking, and impersonation
  • Learning how to secure your digital devices and protect your online accounts
  • Understanding the legal aspects of cyber harassment and seeking support if you become a victim

Tips to Identify and Avoid Fraud

Arm yourself with knowledge to safeguard your personal information and finances from scammers. Learn to spot and steer clear of common scams, including government impersonation, romance, emergency/grandparent, job, and tax scams. Dive deeper into:

  • Recognizing the tactics used by scammers to manipulate victims
  • Understanding the psychological principles behind scams and how to avoid falling prey to them
  • Reporting scams and seeking assistance if you suspect fraudulent activity

Relationship Awareness – “Raising the Red Flags”

Empower yourself by recognizing potential red flags in relationships. Gain insight into the dynamics of abusive behavior and learn to prioritize your emotional well-being by:

  • Identifying early warning signs of unhealthy relationships
  • Understanding the underlying factors contributing to abusive behaviour
  • Exploring strategies for setting boundaries and seeking support if needed

Click here to download the outline for the Relationship Awareness seminar.

Traditional Métis Culture and Wellness

Immerse yourself in therapeutic activities rooted in Métis traditions. Engage in healing circles and explore cultural practices to nurture your well-being, including:

  • Participating in traditional talking and healing circles to address trauma and promote healing
  • Connecting with Métis culture through art, music, and storytelling
  • Exploring the significance of the Medicine Wheel in guiding personal wellness journeys

Wellness Creative Expressions

Express yourself through creative outlets like guided meditation workshops and crafting sessions. Create your own spirit animal or design a ribbon skirt, connecting with tradition and individuality. Explore:

  • The spiritual and therapeutic benefits of guided meditation
  • The symbolism and significance of spirit animals in personal growth and empowerment
  • The cultural and historical significance of ribbon skirts in Métis tradition and resistance

Click here to download the outline for the Create Your Spirit Animal workshop.

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