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First Nations advocate to speak at upcoming University Women's meeting

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux will talk about impact of Truth and Reconciliation on child welfare and missing and murdered Indigenous women
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Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux will be the guest speaker at the Jan. 28 meeting of the Orillia CFUW. Nathan Taylor/OrilliaMatters FIle Photo

Dr. Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, a renowned advocate for First Nation issues, will address local Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) members at their monthly general meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020.

Her topic will be “updates and discussion on ‘Has Truth and Reconciliation in Canada changed the administration of child welfare or addressed the tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women?’ ”

Dr. Wesley-Esquimaux served as Vice Provost for Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University and has been appointed as the first Indigenous Chair for Truth and Reconciliation in Canada.

She is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Toronto, and a Director of the Teach for Canada non-profit, co-founding a youth project out of the University of Toronto, University of Saskatchewan, and Lakehead University. Information on the Canadian Roots Exchange can be found at

She is a member of the Chippewa of Georgina Island First Nation and has dedicated her life to building bridges of understanding between peoples. She remains deeply committed to public education and active youth engagement from all cultures and backgrounds.

CFUW is a voluntary, non-profit, organization active in public affairs, working to raise the social, economic and legal status of women as well as to improve education, the environment, peace, justice, and human rights.

Each year, CFUW, currently through fundraising provided by a Homes Tour, provides scholarships to young women pursuing post-secondary education.

Membership is offered to all women who believe in our goals and value lifelong learning.  

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