Author: Ann Maje Raider
Ann Maje Raider was the first democratically elected Chief of the Liard First Nation where she served in office from 1992-1998. In 1999 Ann, along with other passionate Kaska women, organized the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS) in order to implement a comprehensive healing strategy to address the physical and sexual abuse of residential schools. Through LAWS, Ann has designed and managed multiple projects that focus on healing from the events of residential schools and colonization, while also addressing the healing that is needed for individuals who were victims of family violence or unhealthy and toxic circumstances. Ann is currently the Residential School Health Support Worker/ Executive Director of Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society. She is dedicated to working to end violence against women and colonialism.
Until recently, the nature and level of care and assistance received by First Nations, Metis and Inuit women in the Yukon was “all over the map”. Due to the existence of “negative social responses” to those who report violence, many Indigenous women choose to deal with complex violent situations on their own. Together for Justice provided a forum for exploring the cross-roads of gender, race and colonialism to better understand and stop the violence against Indigenous women in the Yukon.
The Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society (LAWS) was established in the Kaska Territory as a non-profit society in 1998. What began as a small circle of women from the Kaska Nation concerned with community healing, evolved over time to developing and offering a comprehensive community transformation process. LAWS recognized a critical need to provide opportunities for Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) members to hear from Kaska women, other community members, service providers and government agencies about violence and how it could be addressed.