March 7, 2017
Grand Council Treaty#3 Statement on International Women’s Day
“On behalf of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3 I would like to recognize the Anishinaabekwe of our territory on International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017.” stated Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. Our Nation has ten female Chiefs in addition to those who sit on Council of their respective communities. I acknowledge that our Nation benefits from strong female leadership within our organizations, our Treaty#3 Women’s Executive Council and on our Treaty#3 Youth Executive Council.
This year, 2017, coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP). The Declaration calls for focused attention to the rights and needs of indigenous women, for effective measures to ensure continuing improvement of their economic and social conditions and full protection and guarantees against all forms of violence and discrimination (cf. articles 21 and 22).
Canadian statistics indicate that our Anishinaabekwe are significantly impacted by all forms of violence and our women are often among the most vulnerable. Violence against any woman or girl is unacceptable. I would like to acknowledge the work being undertaken with the Treaty#3 Women’s Executive Council and the ongoing Green Light Initiative which is founded on the Anishinaabe principle of Zoongidewin in that we must act courageously and work together in harmony to prevent violence in our communities.
Our leadership is pleased that the Federal Government has moved forward with a National Inquiry for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and am hopeful that the Commission will provide an opportunity for our families to share their stories within a safe environment and the Commission’s future report and recommendations will address the healing and safety of our women and girls. On behalf of our Nation, we will continue to advocate for gender equality, to keep women and girls safe, and to empower them to fully realize their potential.
For more information, please contact:
Gary Allen, Executive Director
Grand Council Treaty#3