"To me, celebrating Aboriginal Day means remembering our history and above all celebrating our resilience. We have unqiue cultures, traditions and languages that have thrived generations. Although some may have been lost as a result of colonial and post-colonial affects, such as systematic oppression, generational trauma, lateral violence etc. I still see our people striving to love and support one another - that's powerful.
As a Gwich’in woman I feel empowered by my identity, my culture and my people. To have come from such resilient people is why I consistently try to better myself for the next generation to come and pass on the resilience – it is my owing to honour those that come before me" - Marlisa Brown
"This submission is pretty special to me, Marlisa is my little sister. I couldn't be more proud to have a sister like her. We have lived in different parts of the country all our lives. Marlisa is sweet, smart and has a really strong head on her shoulders. She's absolutely gorgeous, but her heart is pure gold. One of my goals in life is to be able to spend more time with all of my siblings. Family is always important." - Alexandra Jarrett Social Media Trailblazer
Over the next few months I'll be interviewing resilient women changemakers in Canada and the United States for SheNative's blog. Some interviews will be on video, others written, and some will be podcast style. With this in mind, I have a question for you: If you could choose one woman who embodies resilience and changemaking, who would it be and why?
Next week our Chief Changemaker Devon Fiddler travels to China to speak at the Alibaba Global Conference on Women and Entrepreneurship as well as the Asian Women in Leadership Summit.