Nahanni Fontaine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Recipient, 2013, Governor General Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case
I would like very much dear friends if I could express
the confident minds, not only of the five,
but of all the people who have advanced the cause of women.
Those women that came before me, including my grandmother
and my mother, who inspire me to do the work that I do.
Nahanni Fontaine is the special advisor
on aboriginal women issues for the Aboriginal Issues Committee
of Cabinet of Manitoba.
Her innovative approach has helped build
greater awareness about violence against aboriginal women.
Mrs. Fontaine campaigns tirelessly
to bring to light the stories of missing
and murdered aboriginal women and girls.
I accept this on behalf of the women and the girls that do not
have equity in Canada and so I accept this and Megwetch (thank you) and again,
on behalf of all those families and all aboriginal women
and girls who struggle right now. Megwetch (thank you).