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Native Women’s Association of Canada applauds appointment of Canada’s first Indigenous Justice of the Supreme Court


August 22, 2022

OTTAWA – A statement by Carol McBride, the President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, on the appointment of Michelle O’Bonsawin to the position of Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada:

“Indigenous women across this country are celebrating the news that the Prime Minister has appointed Michelle O’Bonsawin, an Abenaki member of the Odanak First Nation, to be the first Indigenous Justice of the Supreme Court of Canada. The top court has, to this point, been ruling on cases that profoundly affect First Nations, Métis, and Inuit without the benefit of perspectives that are innate to Indigenous Peoples. This historic appointment fills that knowledge gap. As importantly, the appointment shows Indigenous youth from coast to coast to coast that positions of authority are open to them. They can aspire to become lawyers and judges, and even Supreme Court Justices, and their potential is as great as their dreams.”


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About The Native Women’s Association of Canada
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls, transgender, Two-Spirit, and gender-diverse people in Canada, inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non-status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. An aggregate of Indigenous women’s organizations from across the country, NWAC was founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of Indigenous women within their respective communities and Canada societies.

À propos de l'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada

L'Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) est une organisation autochtone nationale qui représente la voix politique des femmes, des filles, des transgenres, des bispirituels et des personnes de sexe différent au Canada, y compris les membres des Premières nations vivant dans les réserves et hors réserve, les Indiens inscrits et non inscrits, les personnes privées de leurs droits, les Métis et les Inuits. Regroupant des organisations de femmes autochtones de tout le pays, l'AFAC a été fondée dans le but collectif d'améliorer, de promouvoir et de favoriser le bien-être social, économique, culturel et politique des femmes autochtones au sein de leurs communautés respectives et des sociétés canadiennes.