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“I am Awesome”

January 18, 2010

By pwrdf

Voices of Hope Pew Bulletin Story

“I am Awesome” was the name of the opening activity at the first Girl Power Train the Trainers symposium organized by the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), with support from PWRDF. NAN is an Indigenous organization representing 49 First Nations communities within James Bay Treaty 9 territory and the Ontario portions of Treaty 5, covering two-thirds of the province of Ontario. The theme of the training event was the prevention of violence against women through leadership development. Participants learned how to become proactive in breaking the cycle of young womens’ oppression. On the campus of Lakehead University, more than 24 young women learned about nutrition, self-defence, self-esteem, sexual activity and good decision-making. The situation of violence against Indigenous women in Canada is shocking. Indigenous women between the ages of 25 and 44 are five times more likely than other Canadian women of the same age to die as a result of violence. More than 500 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or been murdered over the last 30 years. The Girl Power Train the Trainers symposium was a tremendous success. These trainers will return to their communities to set up Girl Power programs for girls ages 9 to 14 as a way to share what they learned. PWRDF is proud to walk with this community of young women leaders as they make a difference in both this generation and the next. PDF VERSION

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