The UN Commission on the Status of Women  (March 14-26, 2021) is happening now online on
The Temple of Understanding sponsored two parallel events at this year’s CSWNGO event. This event focussed on the voices and experiences of Native American women. Native American women are confronting historical and contemporary violence. Addressing the toxic legacy of colonialism, fighting for eco-justice, and speaking out about health inequalities including violence are all interrelated. Speakers will discuss the impacts of violence on their lives and their activism, whether it is historic violence, violence against the Earth, or the high rates of violence and murder suffered by Native women, in the context of a widespread epidemic of femicide, sexual violence, and online violence against women. Leading youth speakers include Samantha Maltais and Kisha James. Outcomes focus on action supporting Indigenous-led initiatives.
Samantha Maltais, Aquinnah Wampanoag (#MayflowersKill Campaign Co-lead at Survival International) (*featured in photo)
Kisha James, Aquinnah Wampanoag and Lakota (National Day of Mourning Youth Organizer)
Chief Clarissa Sabattis, RN, Tribal Chief at Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians Houlton, Maine
Jamie Bissonette Lewey, Director
nkawadzowôgan: A Center for Healing and Transformation, Maine
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