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About Us

Our Values


Having confidence in the fairness and reliability of a person or organization. Trust is also a value that defines our interdependence in relationships, personal or professional and having confidence in the fairness and reliability of working with YAWC.


Through mutual dependence, action, and influence we seek to listen and evolve with our partners for better outcomes; to help one another for the sake of the collective goal in supporting Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse peoples in the Yukon and Northern BC.


Using out ability to inspire others through encouragement and empowerment we strive to treat our clientele, communities and partners with compassion in order to cultivate strong relationships and partnerships for long-term success.


To give Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse peoples a sense of choice and control. YAWC through empowerment of self, seeks to build confidence and resiliency to make decisions for a cultural and enriched life. Providing the right to choose what you will do with your life and with whom you will do it and how others including YAWC can support them through the journey.


Culture and tradition provides the structure and foundation of YAWC and the women, girls and gender diverse people and their families that we serve. It is on the basis of a holistic approach, traditions, customs, protocols, values, spirituality, ceremonies, language, ways of knowing and being, connections to the land and life-sustaining resources of the land that we strive for the wellbeing of indigenous women, girls and gender diverse peoples in the Yukon and Northern BC.


Board of Directors

Terri Szabo, President

Susan Burns, Vice-President

Lorraine O’Brien, Secretary

Susan Magun, Treasurer

May Bolton, Elder (Executive)

Aggie Magun, Elder

Katelyn Wolftail-Magun, Youth

Sandra Combs, Director

Yvonne Shorty, Director


Claudia Riveros, Executive Director

Sylvia Brown, Office Administrator

Bianca Ericsson, Communications Advisor

Miriam Mueller, Advocacy Policy Advisor

Sue Christianson, ISET Program Coordinator

Joy O’Brien, MMIWG Outreach Program Coordinator and Senior Advisor

Salena Siah, MMIWG Outreach Program Assistant

Ashley Russell, Special Projects Coordinator

Susan Ross, Special Projects Assistant

Joyce Smarch, Elder In-Residence

Dorothy Bellerose, Elder In-Residence

Maisie Smith, Certified Counsellor In-Residence


Society Business

Members in good standing are eligible to vote at YAWC Annual General Meetings and Special General Meetings for the purpose of election and other business, outside of quarterly or special board meetings. Contact us if you are interested in participating in any of our meetings.

Meeting Documents

2020 Documents

July 25th — 

2019 Documents

July 20th —