Circle 4 Application

Apply to the Intergenerational Indigenous Women’s Sisterhood

We are at a critical time, aggravated by the pandemic, where the generational transfer of traditional life skills and cultural world-views are in jeopardy. Restoring the balance of the world especially during a pandemic requires transformative thinking that centers Indigenous Peoples and our ancestral knowledge.

Our goal is to honor and support Indigenous Women Elders who hold unique cultural knowledge that spans tribal life-cycles, including their ancestral knowledge of mother earth. We are intentionally strengthening relationships between Indigenous Women Elders and young Indigenous women to transfer invaluable traditional knowledge and grow a sisterhood of leaders.

Applications are now being accepted for Circle 4. The deadline to apply is December 13, 2021.

About the Program

Our sisterhood program seeks to support Indigenous Women Elders in transferring their invaluable traditional knowledge. They will develop the tools to seed and live cultural values and practices to perpetuate their peoples and homelands. In our paid sisterhood program, we will select ten intergenerational partnerships consisting of a Legacy Leader and a Future Legacy Leader to support the implementation of a knowledge transfer project.

Eligibility & Requirements

  • Open to Indigenous women
  • Legacy Leader must be 65 years or older 
  • Future Legacy Leader must be between the ages 18-40 years 
  • Membership in a Federally Recognized Tribe/Nation, Native Hawaiian, First Nations of Canada, Inuit, or Metis for each of the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader
  • Have basic knowledge of and access to a computer with email and internet
  • If individuals are urban-based, must demonstrate active ties and relationship to an ancestral Indigenous community and homeland

Responsibilities

Each Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader agrees to dedicate themselves to their project and to the SALP program activities and collective wisdom transfer. This includes participating in interviews via Zoom to share cultural knowledge and lived experiences that hold potential to inspire, encourage and transform.

  1. Share your stories, experience, and knowledge for the benefit of other women and communities, with a particular focus as to what will help younger indigenous women.
  2. Provide project documentation materials, such as videos, podcasts, letters to the editor, photos, songs, writings, transcripts, newsletter articles, etc.
  3. Participate with Spirit Aligned in our efforts to identify and share collective wisdom. Engage as a “thought partner” with the program and the Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders to share knowledge, stories, and strategies.
  4. Work closely with each other in a trusting and collaborative sisterhood.
  5. Big picture thinking: Strategically identify how to move your knowledge and experiences to improve your community. This can include utilizing existing community programs and frameworks or developing new ones.
  6. Identify, learn, and use technology to communicate. 
  7. Participate and engage in regular communications with staff, consultants, other Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders via phone, email, virtual meetings.
  8. Implement and report on the status of your intergenerational knowledge transfer project.

This sisterhood leadership program provides $75,000 to the Indigenous Woman Elder Legacy Leader; $50,000 to the younger Indigenous woman Future Legacy Leader; and up to $50,000 for project support. 

The application and our website provides information to assist you in applying, so please read this information thoroughly.

  • We do NOT accept email applications.
  • Everyone must apply via the Submittable Platform, which has built in technical support.
  • We are NOT able to respond to phone inquiries on application questions due to limited office staff during this pandemic.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Can family members apply together for this intergenerational leadership program?

Yes. 

2. When will I be notified of my application status?

All applicants will be notified of their status by end of April 2022 by email.

3. Will I be notified even if I am not selected?

Yes. All applicants will be notified by end of April 2022 by email.

4. I applied to this program before. Do I have to apply again?

Yes.  

5. Can I submit a paper application?

No, everyone must apply via the online Submittable platform, which has technical support therein.

6. Are Legacy Leaders required to participate in certain events?

SALP will not require in-person gatherings or events, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  You will be required to communicate and participate with SALP and the other Legacy Leaders remotely via on-line and phone.

7. Are Legacy Leaders required to sign a contract?

Yes. Legacy Leaders and Future Legacy Leaders are required to sign a contract with responsibilities and deliverables that we work with you to make it happen.

8. Are there restrictions on how Legacy Leaders can use their leadership funds?

Only for the supplemental project funding of $50,000. This is a leadership sisterhood. The funds are not a grant. Each Legacy Leader and Future Legacy Leader is responsible for any and all income taxes.

9. When do I get my payments?

  1. The Legacy Leader receives $75,000, distributed in contract payments over one year that are contingent upon successful progress of the knowledge transfer project.
  2. The Future Legacy Leader receives $50,000, distributed in contract payments over one year that are contingent upon successful progress of the knowledge transfer project.
  3. To implement the knowledge transfer project, the partnership is eligible to receive project support funding up to $50,000 during the one-year sisterhood.
  4. Payments go out approx. 4 weeks after all required paperwork is submitted.

10. Can Two-Spirits apply?

Yes. We encourage Two-Spirit Indigenous women to apply.

11. Do I have to pay taxes on this money?

Yes. Spirit Aligned will provide access to a Certified Public Account, at no cost to you, however, each person’s tax situations are different, and our staff cannot provide advice on your specific tax questions. 

12. What is the time commitment? 

This is a one-year leadership program that requires you to devote time and attention to deepening the relationship between the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader. It is important that you have the time and passion to wholeheartedly engage in this unique leadership program. We expect the Legacy Leader and the Future Legacy Leader to be working together at least 40 hours each month. Additionally, staff and consultants will be communicating with both of you to help you make your project happen.  You are each required to work with SALP in our efforts to gather program information that documents and communicates your sisterhood experience via video interviews, podcasts, photos, social media, evaluation, etc.

13. Can I apply if I am an elected official?

Yes. 

14. What will I gain from this sisterhood?

  • Opportunities to deepen your relationship and knowledge
  • Ability to pass on important knowledge to future generations
  • Focus on healing and wellness
  • Gain skills to bring people together to find solutions
  • Grow your own leadership skills for future benefit
  • Develop an understanding of transformational change…what could be!
  • Apply your passion, skills, knowledge and funding into action via an intergenerational leadership project
  • Connect with a sisterhood of Indigenous women who support each other.