KANIKANITCHIK ESQUAYWUK: Women Leading the Way
2010, 29:00 minutes, colour/B&W, English
In 2007, the Nishnawbe Aski Nation Women's Council received funding to undertake the Major NAN Women's Development Project over a three year period. One of the main goals of the project was to empower and inspire women to take on their traditional role as community builders and leaders. KANIKANITCHIK EQUAYWUK is a cree term that literally translates into "a group of women leaders who lead the way."
This film shows the project's immediate and long-term impacts on women and their remote communities in Northern Ontario. For example, almost immediately after taking the project training, one woman, Agathe Nakogee is elected as a Deputy Chief in her community. KANIKANITCHIK EQUAYWUK is an inspirational and heartwarming story that shows for the first time on film, a group of women who are often overlooked because they are so far removed from mainstream society.
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