Women of the Métis Nation will be an Active Participant in National Aboriginal Women's Summit

    OTTAWA, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Métis National Council and Women of
the Métis Nation are pleased to announce that they will be an active
participant in the upcoming National Aboriginal Women's Summit to be held
June 20th - 22nd in Corner Brook, Newfoundland and Labrador.
    The Women of the Métis Nation will be sending ten delegates to
participate in this historic meeting between Aboriginal women, provincial and
territorial premiers and ministers, and federal government representatives.
The WMN delegates will present their recommendations on key priorities, with a
special focus on health, education and lifelong learning, violence,
traditional knowledge and economic development. Conclusions drawn from the
recommendations of all delegates will be used to develop solutions to the
issues facing Aboriginal women today.
    The National Aboriginal Women's Summit was initiated in November 2005,
during the First Ministers' Meeting on Aboriginal issues in Kelowna, when
Aboriginal women requested a summit dedicated to Aboriginal women's issues.
    Rosemarie McPherson, National Spokesperson of the Women of the Métis
Nation, would like to thank Premier Danny Williams of Newfoundland and
Labrador for demonstrating his commitment to addressing issues facing
Aboriginal women by hosting this summit.

    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: Zoran Vidic, Senior Communications Officer,
(613) 232-3216 ext. 124, Cell: (613) 295-9298

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