Indigenous women’s voices excluded from national discussion on climate change
President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada Dawn Lavell-Harvard expressed her disappointment at the exclusion of the Native Womens Association from the First Ministers Meeting in Vancouver this week.
Harvard said indigenous women have been categorically silenced, excluded and forced out of critical deciion making process for generations despite the natural role of women as life givers.
Harvard travelled to Vancouver in protest to defend the right of the voices of indigenous women to be present in the discussions on climate change.
Harvard said choosing to exclude the Native Women’s Association of Canada from the First Ministers Meeting was unfair, and speaks volumes to the ongoing lack of respect for Indigenous women’s and girls’ voices in Canada.
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