Women of the Métis Nation is hopeful after the National Aboriginal Women's Summit



    CORNER BROOK, NL, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Women of the Métis Nation (WMN)
is hopeful after the National Aboriginal Women's Summit. At the closing of the
summit on June 22, each of the national Aboriginal organizations,
representatives from the provincial and territorial governments, and the
federal government joined Premier Williams in committing to work with the
national Aboriginal women's organizations to further the recommendations made
by Aboriginal women delegates in attendance at the summit. They also committed
to continuing to work collectively by hosting additional summits that will
continue to build on an action plan that will address the priorities of the
organizations and the delegates attending the summit.
    The National Aboriginal Women's organizations collectively came together
and established key themes and recommendations. The more than 150 delegates
who attended the summit clearly indicated that they want to work in
partnership with the various levels of government and organizations to address
issues facing Aboriginal women and that through respect we would be able to
achieve this. "We can achieve a great deal, if we work together in true
partnership with governments and our other Aboriginal sisters. Respecting our
diversity and understanding the differences for each of us will assist us in
addressing many issues and priorities for the women we represent," said
Rosemarie McPherson, National Spokesperson for Women of the Métis Nation.
    The Women of the Métis Nation delegates were also appreciative of host
Premier Danny Williams and the efforts that he, his government, and countless
volunteers made to bring the summit together. Women of the Métis Nation
presented Premier Williams with a Métis vest which he wore proudly on the
final afternoon of the summit. Women of the Métis Nation presented the
premiers in attendance with a Métis tie. When Premier Williams saw the ties,
he expressed interest in obtaining one. WMN National Spokesperson Rosemarie
McPherson and delegation elder Marge Friedel presented the premier with a tie
in exchange for a donation to the Education Fund established for the children
of Kelly Morrisseau, a pregnant Aboriginal woman who was murdered in Gatineau,
Quebec in December 2006.
    Women of the Métis Nation is encouraged by the support and commitment
demonstrated by the summit delegates and the provincial and territorial
governments represented. We look forward to the next steps and the building of
a 10-year plan that will assist us in addressing our priorities.

    The MNC represents the Métis Nation in Canada at the national and
international level. The Métis Nation's homeland includes the three Prairie
provinces and extends into Ontario, British Columbia, the Northwest
Territories and the northern United States. There are approximately 350,000 -
400,000 Métis Nation citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Rosemarie McPherson, WMN National Spokesperson,
(204) 793-2313

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