Aboriginal Women in Economic Development [Urban Aboriginal Economic Development, UAED]

Urban Aboriginal Economic Development (UAED)
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"In October of 2008, the National Network for Urban Aboriginal Economic Development held a National Gathering to identify the next steps in the development of the Network. One critical issue identified in those discussions was the need to ensure a dedicated focus on Aboriginal women in urban areas. The participants recognized that Aboriginal women face particular barriers in becoming active members of the workforce, and in starting up and sustaining business enterprises. Members of the Network identified two key points. First, Aboriginal women often lack the support structures and networks that are available to non‐ Aboriginal people. Second, Aboriginal women often occupy key leadership positions in urban Aboriginal organizations, and that a number of individuals have managed to create and sustain important connections and networks despite the very real challenges they face."