Kenora, ON – INDIGENOUS –Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s Council acknowledge International Women’s Day today.
“Indigenous women are the foundation and roots of our Nations. They are life givers and we honour their gifts, their diversity and uniqueness and most importantly, their strength. We must also take time to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls today, ” said Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. “At Grand Council Treaty #3 we continue to champion women’s rights, challenge all forms of gender discrimination and encourage all First Nations leadership to re-assert inherent jurisdiction over citizenship in ways that respect and honour women.”
The Treaty#3 Women’s Council recognizes the academic and professional achievements of all women in Treaty #3 territory who work in various positions from lawyers, social workers, healers and doctors to educators, entrepreneurs, scientists and those in pursuit of a trade or post-secondary education.
In recognition of International Women’s Day, we are proud to honour and acknowledge First Nations Women Chiefs who lead across the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3:
- Chief Janice Henderson, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation
- Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Obashkaandagaang First Nation
- Chief Kathy Kishiqueb, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation
- Chief Darlene Comegan, Northwest Angle #33 First Nation
- Chief Esther Pitchenese, Wabigoon Lake First Nation
- Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Niisaachewin First Nation
- Chief Judy Whitecloud, Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation
- Chief Andrea Camp, Buffalo Point First Nation
International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first IWD gathering in 1911.