Sorry for the couple months of not posting, Writers block is awful and annoying sometimes. But I wanted to share something cool that I was able to participate in on the week of International Women’s Day (March 5th, 2017 – March 10th, 2017) and this was called Daughters of the Vote. Maybe you’re sitting there asking yourself,
“What is Daughters of the Vote?“
Well I am going to provide you with a short summary of what Daughters of the Vote is and why it’s around. Daughters of the Vote was hosted by Equal Voice Canada and brought 338 young women between the ages of 18-23, from each federal riding to Ottawa, Canada to participate in thought-provoking discussions, to make life-lasting friends and to meet their Member of Parliament. (MP)
I am happy and honoured to say that I was one of the 338 young women to fly to Ottawa to participate in this amazing and life-changing experience. I was able to participate in an indigenous forum to learn more about Indigenous issues in Canada and meet with approx. 70 other inspiring indigenous delegates from all across Canada. We were able to meet inspiring female MP’s and hear from the amazing Nahanni Fontaine and how she is using her title as a Politician to better and strengthen the community.
Another highlight that I was able to experience at Daughters of the Vote was speaking to the Standing Committee on the Status of Women on the topic of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls of Canada. I spoke briefly on how the government should work towards creating shelters for all ages. Also, how being an indigenous women living in the largest “Urban Reserve” in Canada leaves me fearing for my protection because I feel like almost every month, we hear about another Missing or Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (MMIWG) It’s upsetting and I also gave my sympathy those the families of MMIWG. I lost my older sister, but we know how she passed, I can’t imagine not knowing if your sister, daughter, aunt, niece or friend is safe or not. Here’s the link if you’d like to watch it. Standing Committee on the Status of Women- Shania Pruden Video
Something I enjoyed is how inspired Daughters of the Vote left me. I learned more about the different levels of politics, the values of each political party, Parliament Hill and learned more about ways women and girls can get involved with Politics. I heard a keynote address from The Right Honourable, Kim Campbell. How cool! I definitely want to one day become a Politician.
Okay, so I was able to do my FIRST ever LIVE NATIONAL NEWS Interview on CTV National while in Ottawa with a fellow Delegate and Elizabeth May – Here the link if you want to watch it! CTV National News: Power Play
On International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2017. I will never be able to express my gratitude on how Equal Voice gave 338 young women from across Canada the opportunity to take their seat in the House of Commons at Parliament Hill. We were able to hear from many of the delegates about issues that they’re passionate about and hear some amazing speeches from all the Party Leaders. Some of the delegates even got the opportunity to ask The Right Honourable Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau questions – including me. Here’s a photo of me taking over the seat of Elmwood- Transcona.
The friends I made while in Ottawa are very important to me because they were there when I got homesick, or was nervous about something. They were very opening and I will always appreciate them for that reason. Here’s a few photos from Ottawa.
Daughters of the Vote left me very inspired and motivated to have a future in Politics, it also left many other young women just as inspired as I was. Here are some quotes from a few of the amazing Daughters of the Vote Delegates.
“Daughters of the vote, reminded me that I can do anything, and that I can achieve amazing things regardless of my personal challenges. No one sets my limits, but me.” -DoV Delegate for Burnaby South
“Daughters of the vote showed me the beauty that can be achieved through solidarity and sisterhood. Never have I felt so uplifted and so inspired as when I stood in the house of commons cheering my sisters on as they made powerful speeches about issues they were deeply passionate about.” -DoV Delegate for Kanata-Carleton
“DOV reminded me that I have a voice and I can make people listen to me. It made me realize that while I fight for equality for women in technology, my fight is not unique. Women are stronger when women of different backgrounds (political afflication, ethnic, geography, language, and education) come together to fight for each other. There is strength in unity.” -Dov Delegate for Mississauga Centre
Before I end, I would like to say a huge THANK YOU! to Equal Voice Canada for putting this all together. The fact that you made it possible for every single seat in the House of Commons to be filled with women for the first time is truly remarkable. So Thank you for all you’ve done and for what you will do. I enjoyed my time in Ottawa and can’t wait to one day see some of the Daughters of the Vote Delegates put their names on the ballot.