G7 brings Canadian indigenous voices to the table on development

Devex, Jun 8, 2018
by Teresa Welsh

WHISTLER, CANADA — Canada’s G-7 presidency brought the rights of women and girls to the fore of this year’s agenda and gave women a seat at the table to advocate for policies that will improve their lives. As a part of that dialogue, Canada is acknowledging that it still has work to do within its own borders regarding its First Nations.

Hannah — Devex is not printing her last name for security reasons — is an anishinaabekwe woman from Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve in Ontario, Canada. She is a member of the youth council in her community, which advocates on behalf of young people to the chief-in-council. She came to Whistler along with five other women from Benin, Jamaica, Lebanon, Mali, and South Africa to advocate directly to G-7 ministers.

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