Wednesday, October 05, 2005

First Nations' Women's Day

October 5, 2005 marks the first annual First Nations’ Women’s Day in Canada. The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations and the Assembly of First Nations adopted the resolution to acknowledge native Canadian women earlier this year.

The reasons for the resolution can be found in the minutes of the Annual General Assembly that took place in Yellowknife this past July, “First Nations women have contributed to the success, livelihood and survival of our communities; and it is important for people in our communities to support and recognize the need to acknowledge and honor First Nations women.”

This is a worthy cause yet rather ironic since, whether it is a Canadian government sanctioned report or a United Nations’ study, native Canadian women and children living on Indian reserves, are considered to be the most disadvantaged of all Canadian citizens. The lack of matrimonial property rights is one reason for the disparity.

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