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Real victims, real survivors and real women the focus of June 16 conference in Aundeck Omni Kaning – The Manitoulin Expositor

June 13, 2018

AUNDECK ‘ KANING––Violence against Indigenous women and human trafficking are the issues being confronted at a conference to be held at the Four Directions Complex in Aundeck Omni Kaning First Nation (AOK) this Saturday, June 16. The conference will focus on real survivors of violence, real victims of human trafficking and real women who have worked tirelessly to end the violence.

Michelle Atkinson of Sheguiandah First Nation is a survivor. She planted the seed for this conference, explained organizer Jo-Anne Thibodeau Audette. “Michelle Atkinson came to me and said she was ready to tell her story.” Ms. Atkinson is the survivor of human trafficking and mother of the late Cheyenne Fox. Ms. Thibodeau Audette added, “I am proud that she trusted me to do this.”

Presenter Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard is one of those real women who works tirelessly as a victims’ advocate and was recently honoured with a Victim Services Award of Distinction from the Ontario Attorney General’s office for her dedication to addressing issues related to missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Dr. Lavell-Harvard also received the 2018 Spirit of Barbara Schlifer Award for her dedication to improving the lives of women.

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