We ask all Nisga’a citizens to join us in honouring the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day this Sunday March 8th.
In honour of this day, H. Mitchell Stevens, President of Nisga’a Nation stated, “In celebration of the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, we honour the special significance of this day to the Nisga’a Nation and to the Women of our Nation. As a matrilineal culture, we honour our matriarchs and Sigidim haanak’ who are our mothers, our aunties, our sisters, and our daughters; they are our partners, our leaders and central to our family life and to the economic and political future of our Nation. We stand in solidarity with all organizations in ending the violence against and the exploitation of women, and remain committed to promoting the full equality and participation of women in our governance and within our Nation.”
The Women in today’s Nisga’a society play a major role as keepers of the Nisga’a language and culture. As was stated during our 2014 Special Assembly, Nisga’a Women are the ‘back bone’ of the Nation.
Nisga’a Nation is participating and sponsoring several important programs and events which promote equality and ending violence against Women. On March 24 and 25th, Nisga’a Lisims Government will participate in the upcoming wellness conference which will address many issues related to equality, respect, participation and ending violence and exploitation of Nisga’a Women.
The Executive of Nisga’a Lisims Government has adopted a motion to develop a strategic plan to end domestic violence and to develop long term solutions As a result of this resolution, NLG is partnering with the Ending Violence Association BC and the Canadian Women’s Foundation.