Indigenous Women's Bridging Programs
Learn alongside a supportive community of Indigenous women
Urban Indigenous and in-community program options
Individual counselling is available
Academic upgrading via Camosun College available
Childcare, transportation and technology supports are available based on need
“Bridges for Women helped me understand the healing process and to stay on path. Bridges gives you a map to help guide you through the healing process that is safe, encouraging, educational and possible. This has been an amazing life altering program for me. Thank you so much!”
Jennifer, Bridges Employment Program Graduate
The Indigenous Women’s Bridging Programs aim to inspire Métis, Inuit and First Nations women, living in reserve communities and in urban areas, to break the cycles of abuse and trauma through counselling, cultural education and employment training. Group circles include stories, identifying interests and skills to develop long-term life and career goals. A variety of guest speakers, arts and craft activities, elders and field trips are also included.
We offer Indigenous programs for self-identified Indigenous peoples living in urban areas of Greater Victoria, as well as for First Nations women living in the reserve communities of individual nations within the W’SANEC and Lkwungen territories.
We thank the communities of Tsawout, Tsartlip, Pauquachin, Tseycum, Pacheedaht (Port Renfrew), and Scia’new (Beecher Bay) Nations for past partnerships.
Read about one of our first graduates, Tiffany:
Aboriginal women build bridges for their future (Times Colonist, 2014)
Our programs are open to all women (transgender and cisgender), non-binary, and two-spirit people who identify as part of the women’s community.