MNO President Froh addresses Daughters of the Vote delegates

MNO President Margaret Froh answers questions during
an Indigenous Women in Politics panel at Equal Voice’s
Daughters of the Vote event, held in Ottawa on April 1.
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Speaking of her own personal journey into politics, Métis Nation of Ontario President Margaret Froh addressed Daughters of the Vote delegates during an Indigenous Women in Politics panel on April 1.

At Equal Voice’s Daughters of the Vote event, young women ages 18 to 23, from across the country apply to be one of 338 delegates, representing every riding in Canada, to take their respective Member of Parliament’s seat at the House of Commons.

Almost 50 of those delegates attended the Daughters of the Vote Indigenous Forum where President Froh fielded questions. She appeared alongside Gail Gallagher, a First Nations Cree woman from Frog Lake First Nation in Alberta, Aluki Kotierk, President of Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., and Gabrielle Fayant, from Fishing Lake Métis Settlement in Alberta, who began an initiative called Assembly of Seven Generations.

“Leadership really is about service. The people will decide, but if I can bring some skills and knowledge and assist that’s what I wanted to do and that’s why I ran,” said President Froh.

“For me it’s all about the future.  That means doing what I can to make sure the opportunities are there for our young people and the generations that are coming to really be whatever it is that they want to be, to have healthy families and really vibrant communities where you feel nothing but pride about who you are as Métis.”

President Froh encouraged the women in attendance to get involved, have hope for the future and to include their identity in all that they do.

“Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do something. Even if you are not reflected in those spaces and institutions, your voice is important.”

Posted: April 5, 2019

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