I thought about how often I am asked by mainstream services working in issues that greatly affect Indigenous women – including domestic violence – about how they can get Indigenous women involved in their programs. How can they find someone to sit on their advisory committee or to run a program they have funding for?
It seems to me that this is the wrong question. Rather than asking about how to get more Indigenous women to work on the programs they have designed and are running, perhaps the questions should be how those organisations can support the work Aboriginal women are trying to do within their own community. Empower them to be even greater agents of change within their communities.