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Jeannette Corbiere Lavell Addresses Gathering

first_imgNova Scotians celebrating Mi’kmaq and Women’s History months were joined by one of the country’s top advocates for women and Native’s rights today, Oct. 25. Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, internationally recognized for her work to advance women’s rights, is making her first visit to Nova Scotia since becoming president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada. “The work of the Native Women’s Association of Canada, and of Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, is of great importance,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “The province is working in a number of areas of shared priority with the Association, including the elimination of violence against Aboriginal women and girls.” Ms. Corbiere Lavell spoke at an event organized by the Office of Aboriginal Affairs and the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “Jeannette Corbiere Lavell has dedicated her life fighting for the equality of Aboriginal women,” said Denise Peterson-Rafuse, the Minister responsible for the Advisory Council on the Status of Women. “I am very pleased that she is in Halifax to share her insight on issues facing Aboriginal women and her priorities as president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada.” She has worked as a teacher and school principal, education and employment counsellor, cabinet appointee and consultant on law, justice and Indian status matters. Ms. Corbiere Lavell is co-editor of Until Our Hearts Are On The Ground: Aboriginal Mothers, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth. Ms. Corbiere Lavell has also received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, which honours individuals who have made outstanding contributions to advance women’s equality. In Canada, Women’s History Month is celebrated in October, which is also Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia.last_img read more

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US says Sri Lanka has made progress on human rights

“Indeed, Sri Lanka is showing the world how reconciliation and economic growth can go hand-in-hand,” he said. The Ambassador said that the US and Sri Lanka have a mutual goal to strengthen the economic relationship between the two countries and also help improve Sri Lanka’s trade, investment, and labor rules in order to encourage foreign direct investment and provide economic benefits and jobs to the Sri Lankan people. Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney, who also spoke, said that the US has been Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner and Sri Lanka’s trade with the US is an important bedrock of the economy, accounting for many thousands of jobs across the island.” I do firmly believe that the task of national reconciliation will be made much easier in an environment characterized by rapid economic growth and job creation. Conversely, the task of national reconciliation will be all the more challenging in the environment of stagnant or even declining growth and employment prospects,” he said. The United States says Sri Lanka has made progress on democratic rights, reconciliation, rule of law, and freedom of expression.The US Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Atul Keshap, speaking at the Trade and Investment Facilitation Agreement (TIFA) Inter-sessional discussions in Colombo today, said that the changes in Sri Lanka have created new trade and investment opportunities between Sri Lanka and the rest of the world, laying the foundation for new markets, new industries, and new jobs. Michael Delaney said the US aims to grow the role of external trade and investment and in the process create jobs and prosperity for the people of Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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