Ainu Women's Historic Gathering in Sapporo

On 22 January 2017, some thirty Ainu women gathered in the heart of Sapporo to have a preliminary meeting for the establishment of the first Ainu Women's Association in their history. Its primary aim is to empower Ainu women themselves by taking back their rights to enjoy language and culture. They determined to hold the International Conference on Policy towards Indigenous Peoples (ICoPIP) with unanimous applause in cooperation with the CEMiPoS.