Grand Council Treaty #3 Acknowledges International Women’s Day 2019

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh and the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s Council acknowledge International Women’s Day today.


“Indigenous women are the foundation and roots of our Nations. They are life givers and we honour their gifts, their diversity and uniqueness and most importantly, their strength. We must also take time to honour the lives of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls today, ” said Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh. “At Grand Council Treaty #3 we continue to champion women’s rights, challenge all forms of gender discrimination and encourage all First Nations leadership to re-assert inherent jurisdiction over citizenship in ways that respect and honour women.”


The Treaty#3 Women’s Council recognizes the academic and professional achievements of all women in Treaty #3 territory who work in various positions from lawyers, social workers, healers and doctors to educators, entrepreneurs, scientists and those in pursuit of a trade or post-secondary education. 


In recognition of International Women’s Day, we are proud to honour and acknowledge First Nations Women Chiefs who lead across the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty#3:


Chief Janice Henderson, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation

Chief Marilyn Sinclair, Obashkaandagaang First Nation

Chief Kathy Kishiqueb, Ojibways of Onigaming First Nation

Chief Darlene Comegan, Northwest Angle #33 First Nation

Chief Esther Pitchenese, Wabigoon Lake First Nation

Chief Lorraine Cobiness, Niisaachewan First Nation

Chief Judy Whitecloud, Lac Des Milles Lac First Nation

Chief Andrea Camp, Buffalo Point First Nation
Chief Lynn Indian, Mishkosiminiziibiing (Big Grassy) First Nation
Chief Vanessa Powassin, Animakee Wa Zhing


International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. International Women’s Day (IWD) has occurred for well over a century, with the first​ ​IWD gathering in 1911.




#IWD2019 #BalanceforBetter #GCT3


For more information please contact:

Janine Seymour, B.A., J.D., LL.M, Political Advisor to Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh 807.464.1261 (cell)



Grand Council Treaty #3’s overall goal is the protection, preservation and enhancement of Inherent and Treaty Rights. Grand Council Treaty #3 is 55,000 sq. miles spanning from west of Thunder Bay to north of Sioux Lookout, along the international border, to the province of Manitoba. It is made up of 28 First Nation communities, with a total population of approximately 25,000.


Grand Council Treaty #3 Womens Executive Council:
Rhonda Fisher, Dallas First Nation
Maggie Petiquan, Wabauskang First Nation
Anita Collins,Seine River First Nation
Isobel White,Naotkamegwanning First Nation
Priscilla Simard,Couchiching First Nation