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March 8, 2016

NAN RECOGNIZES INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum is recognizing the accomplishments of Indigenous women and girls across NAN territory as International Women’s Day is celebrated worldwide today.

“Women of Nishnawbe Aski play a vital role in the development of our families and communities, in rebuilding their confidence, pride and self-esteem while overcoming the effects of colonialism, sexism and racism,” said Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum, who holds the women’s development portfolio. “Despite overwhelming adversity, our women, like many Indigenous women around the world, are regaining their rightful place and leading the way to a better future for our people.”

NAN currently supports the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, continued advocacy of legal discrimination against women, increased economic and education opportunities, while still lobbying for equitable health care and basic human rights such as access to housing and clean water with our Treaty partners.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation and the NAN Women’s Council hosts events each year for women and youth for support and empowerment. With representation from across NAN territory, the NAN Women’s Council is an advisory council that supports women and families while working to achieve and maintain healthy communities and families in NAN’s 49 First Nations.

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