Rauna Kuokkanen Print

Rauna KuokkanenRauna is a key researcher and workshop facilitator within two research teams that are working in the Sahtú region. Her work with the first team examines gender relations in community and resource governance. It looks at how Indigenous women’s participation within governance and views on how resource development affects gender relations. The second team focuses on local Indigenous youth and how they can be better supported to become community leaders and environmental stewards.What did she find? Strong Indigenous governance and leadership depends on individual and community well‐being. This was a common theme in both projects’ interviews with local community members. Good governance and societal well-being are inseparable, as capacity-building can only start when social issues are being addressed. Local voices in the Sahtú region have highlighted the need for greater support for their women and youth. Violence, especially violence against women, is a reality that takes away individual ability to participate in their community. Addressing violence within communities is key to supporting women’s ability participate in and strengthen local governance. Leadership workshops were held for local youth. They were met with positive responses, and youth talked about the need for follow-up after this type of training. By building up the self-esteem and skills of local youth, communities can ensure the next generation of leaders will be strong and confident. Want to know more about Rauna’s work? Visit resda.ca/gender-relations/ and resda.ca/future-chief/.