Indigenous leaders praise historic election victories by women

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Indigenous leaders praise historic election victories by women

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La cheffe du Conseil mohawk de Kahnawake récemment élue, Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer  PHOTO : RADIO-CANADA / IVANOH DEMERS

It's no coincidence that a wave of Indigenous women have won leadership roles previously held only by men, say leaders and advocates.

They argue it's a sign of the times that Mandy Gull-Masty was elected the first female Grand Chief of the Cree Nation in northern Quebec this week, after Kahsennehawe Sky-Deer and RoseAnne Archibald became the first women voted in to lead the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake and the Assembly of First Nations, respectively.

"The communities are asking for change and how do you get that change? Well, women come forward with a different perspective," said Lynne Groulx, CEO of the Native Women's Association of Canada.

"Communities are pushing, they want change. They're in crisis. We know that we have matriarchal societies, women were involved in leadership roles before."

Groulx said the crisis includes the legacy of residential schools and the lack of clean drinking water on reserves.

Click here to read the full article published by Canada’s National Observer on 2 August 2021.

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