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 "Indigenous peoples, specifically Indigenous women, have been raising public awareness for decades about the need for greater environmental protections of resources such as water. Water walkers, for example, are Indigenous women who carry an open vessel of water for great distances, without a vehicle and without spilling one drop. Wikwemikong First Nation’s Josephine Mandamin [pictured here], a Nohkomis or grandmother water walker, started water walking based on the traditional belief that women are responsible for caring for water. She has walked the shorelines of all five Great Lakes – over 20 000 kilometres or half the earth’s circumference. In welcoming the input of Indigenous peoples and communities in the review of environmental assessment processes, the federal government is illustrating its commitment to an imperative respect for the water, land and resources of Indigenous peoples in Canada."

Quoted from the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) website - www.nwac.ca - PRESS RELEASE: NWAC Encourages Indigenous Peoples’ Participation in Canada’s Review of Environmental Assessment Processes.  June 28, 2016 – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is encouraging Indigenous peoples across Canada to participate in 1) reviewing the Government’s environmental and regulatory assessment processes associated with the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012; 2) in modernizing the National Energy Board; and 3) in restoring lost protections and introducing modern safeguards to the Fisheries Act and the Navigation Protection Act.

Funding will be available to support the participation of Indigenous groups for meetings and consultation sessions starting September 2016. Applications for funding will begin July 2016."

To read the full arcticle and for more information, please visit www.nwac.ca, the official website of The Native Women's Association of Canada.