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We have invited a panel of speakers to address Ring of Fire and its social/economic impact on women, especially Aboriginal women. Elsie MacDonald, Mae Katt and Peggy Smith have confirmed, Patty Hajdu has tentatively agreed pending her availability on that day.


Peggy Smith: – teaches Forestry Policy and Legislation in Natural Resources, Environmental Assessment, and Aboriginal Peoples and Natural Resources (Lakehead University) – Senior Advisor with National Aboriginal Forestry Association – co-author of The Lakehead Manifesto: Principles for Research and Development in the North.

Elsie MacDonald: – Councillor, Webequie First Nation – working on processes to deal with development, training for local people in skills and trades, ensuring local Aboriginal people have a say in agreements on resource development.

Patty Hajdu: – recently elected Liberal MP for Thunder Bay Superior North – previously ED for Shelter House – well-known as a leader in public discussions on substance abuse, harm reduction, housing and public health – co-authored the city’s Drug Strategy, and has contributed numerous op-ed pieces on homelessness to the Chronicle-Journal.

Mae Katt: – Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner – runs mobile drug addiction treatment program in Matawa First Nations communities – helped design a program to treat opiate addiction in teens at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School – work recently featured in documentary film “In This Heaven.”


PLEASE RSVP BY NOVEMBER 5. EMAIL [email protected] , OR CALL 345-7802



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