Girls from Sipeknekatik First Nation Present Story of Peaked Cap Project in

first_imgTwo young women from Sipekne’katik First Nation, Hants County, are part of Canada’s delegation to the United Nations 61st Congress on the Status of Women in New York. Shurenda Michael and Michaela Julian will present a workshop, Wednesday, March 15, on indigenous girls’ leadership. It will feature the story of Nova Scotia’s Peaked Cap Project which is a Mi’kmaq approach to the United Nations Girls’ Roundtable model. “It’s a great opportunity to bring back to young women in my community, to show them there are possibilities for us, and there is a world out there that we are part of,” said Ms. Michael. The presenters will be joined by Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, and their mentors from Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia and the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association. “The Peaked Cap Project was a great opportunity for the girls to find their voices and to share their ideas,” said Ms. Bernard. “Through the Project we heard about stereotypes, how people define who they are, and how this needs to change. We also heard about possibilities, potential and future paths for themselves and their people. The girls developed tools to define what their future is going to be. “It has been a tremendous experience for them. I’m proud that they’ll be sharing their success at the United Nations Congress on the Status of Women and exchanging ideas about indigenous women’s empowerment on an international stage.” The Peaked Cap Project offered a leadership and discussion opportunity for Mi’kmaq girls based in their community. It involved coming together to discuss and share their unique perspectives, challenges and gifts with one another, and to embrace Mi’kmaq culture. “The Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association has been working tirelessly with giving voice to missing and murdered indigenous women and girls,” said Cheryl Maloney, association president. “We have shared the pain and tragedy of this legacy with our communities, allies and governments. This is our tragic past that we as Canadians are working to overcome, and this has impacted our girls tremendously. “The Peaked Cap Project and support of Nova Scotia and our community partners has allowed us to give voice and foster leadership and agency within our young women, who are the future of this country.” The girls involved with the Peaked Cap Project from Sipekne’katik First Nation created a video that can be viewed at read more

Australia files WTO complaint against Canada over wine sales rules

TORONTO — Australia has filed a complaint about Canada’s rules around wine sales with the World Trade Organization.The complaint filed Friday argues that Canada’s distribution, licensing and sales measures discriminate against imported wine.It targets product mark-ups, market access and listing policies used in British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia.‘Canada has just detonated a bomb’: Trade relations with U.S. plummet after WTO complaintCanadians want to be freed from provincial alcohol monopolies: pollThe complaint acts as a request for a consultation between the two countries in an effort to avoid litigation.If the matter is not resolved in 60 days, a panel can be brought in to adjudicate the case.The complaint comes two years after Australia pressed Canada to lower trade barriers on the wine industry like it had done for the European Union. read more