STONEY NAKODA –This year is a milestone year for the organizers behind the Tapestry of Women’s annual conference.
The event is celebrating its 25th anniversary and this year’s instalment will be like no other.
The theme this year is Reflections: Unity in Diversity. Attendees can expect a hot nutritious breakfast, lunch, snacks and prizes. The Morley Pow Wow Academy and Thunderstone Drummers will open the conference and four speakers will engage attendees with thoughtful discussion on topics including empowerment and reconciliation with women. The day will end with a traditional friendship round.
“It’s an amazing energy,” said Cindy Murray, a co-organizer of the event, which is being held Nov. 9 at the Cochrane Alliance Church.
“It’s just women supporting women. We’re all there for each other. You get the camaraderie that women get when we’re together.”
The Tapestry of Women Society-Bow Valley is a non-profit society that hosts the annual conference. The conference began in response to the 1995 United Nations World Conference of Women. The conference in Beijing focused on Indigenous women facing barriers to full equality because of their race, age, language, ethnicity, culture and religion.
The local society felt the message around barriers applied to their home. The society has worked on bridging the gap between women in Rocky View County and women in the Stoney Nakoda nation.
The conference works to provide information and education on issues of importance and relevance to women in Cochrane and the surrounding area. The intimate gathering strives to provide an opportunity for women to feel enlightened, reduce their stress, and potentially learn about themselves. The forum will also help women connect, share common concerns, build upon personal strengths and support one another.
“We firmly believe that healthy women help build healthy families and communities,” the society wrote on its website.
One of its inspirational speakers includes Chantal StormSong Chagnon. Chagnon is a local activist, singer, drummer and storyteller.
The conference will also feature entrepreneurial women from around the province selling their handmade art.
“Women can move mountains,” Murray said.
“When you put women together, there’s something about the energy.”
The conference is also looking for sponsorship as not every woman can afford to attend. Potential donors or sponsors can contact the organization on Facebook by searching Tapestry of Women Cochrane AB.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite.