Starting with a massive consciousness-raising in Women’s Studies classes at the University of Toronto, Heidi has loved to expose our social biases made of collective assumptions. On her life path as a feminist artist, farmer, facilitator and cis-gendered straight white mom, she most loves it when we cast off the yoke of biases and help each other out with open-hearted acceptance. Heidi will be working hard to learn and share about the status of sex workers’ rights and safety and how we can identify those who abduct and coerce girls and women to traffic them. She is thankful to be living and working on Ta’an Kwächän and Kwanlin Dün traditional land.
Aja was born and raised on the traditional territory of the Carcross Tagish First Nation but now lives in Whitehorse. Her diverse academic background includes a BSc in Neuroscience and Philosophy and a Diploma in Northern Sciences. She is now completing an MA in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on the correlation between extractive industry activity (eg. mining) and rates of domestic and sexualized violence in the Yukon. Aja is the project lead for the Yukon Advocate Case Review and is excited to bring an interdisciplinary and critical perspective to the ways in which Yukon’s legal system responds to sexualized violence.
Born and raised here in the Yukon, Natalka has been on the Collective since 2013 when she moved back home. She joined as a way to surround herself with strong women doing amazing community work and has not been disappointed. It was only after joining that she discovered it must be in her blood as her mom was on the Collective in the 80s.
Molly is originally from Northern British Columbia and joined the Collective in June 2015. Her background is in public health, with a primary focus on Indigenous and maternal/child health and she has worked in the health, food security, climate change, and nutrition research fields for the past 9 years. She is passionate about promoting health equity and was drawn to the work of the Yukon Status of Women because of their emphasis on advancing women's safety and equality through participatory and policy action-oriented approach to research.
Monica has been in the Yukon since 2013 and spent most of that time teaching in Old Crow. Monica joined the Collective in 2018 when she moved to Whitehorse. Her desire to be more involved in her community, as well as her interest in local issues surrounding gender equality brought her to the Collective.
As a community-based activist, Charlotte believes in elevating the status of all women. She has worked tirelessly to raise the voices of women’s narratives and through that, believes that equity and social justice for women can be achieved. Charlotte’s research and publications include the first study of women’s homelessness in the northern territories. This ground-breaking and pioneering research continues to be used as a critical policy reference document across the north. Later, Charlotte identified a gap in our understanding of women’s experience of the justice system. As a result, she developed the court watch action research program. Most recently, Charlotte examined sex work and trafficking of women and girls in a Yukon context. This formative research has increased our understanding of the unique social factors at play in women’s lives in the north.
Charlotte is a 2018 recipeint of a Governor General in Commemoration of the Persons Case as well as the co-founder of Hidden Histories Society Yukon which highlights the contributions of Black and Asian women in Yukon Territory. She has been a co-chair of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition since 2011 and has served on several voluntary boards of directors. She lives in Whitehorse with her husband and they have three wonderful young adult children.