At the World Conference on Women in 1995, Beijing adopted an action plan- the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action- the first declaration to consciously address the barriers of oppression of women and girls. The International Day of the Girl movement was led by Rona Ambrose- Canada’s former Minister for the Status of Women- and in 2011, the United Nations General Assembly declared October 11th the International Day of the Girl.
Although we are closer now than ever to reclaiming our Métis culture of gender-equity, there is still much work to be done in terms of dismantling the intersectional barriers of gender oppression that hinder the full and unburdened contributions of Métis girls and their sisters within society.
Today, MNBC’s Ministry of Women and Gender Equity and Ministry of Youth, honours the next generations of Métis girls and their sisters as they step out of colonial narratives that have governed their rights and imposed limitations on their dreams.
We acknowledge the barriers that prevent girls from accessing their rights to access healthcare, education and resources relating to reproductive health as well as their right to govern their own bodies. We support their rights to accessible education, and the vast scope of career opportunities beyond those assigned by gender.
More importantly we support their right to exist in a world free of gender-based violence and their right to justice in the face of discrimination and violence they have experienced based on their gender identity.
Métis Nation BC is committed to Métis Women and Girls and are working tirelessly through different initiatives to ensure equitable access to resources, skills, employment, and culturally relevant activities to elevate increasing equity.
To our Métis girls:
You have a right to exist authentically within your culture, within your gender identity expression, and within your sexual orientation without the imposed oppression that you have had the burden of carrying.
We honour you as you navigate the wilds before you. We encourage you to reclaim the fierceness and strength of our ancestors as we stand firm in our right to return to a culture of gender-equity known by the generations that have walked before us.
“We stand with Métis girls across Turtle Island as they bring their dreams to life” says Minister Elliot, “we support them as they rise above systemic barriers and return to the wisdom of our matriarchal roots.”
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