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Coady Institute and Antigonish Representatives attend Major United Nations Conference

 Representatives from the Coady International Institute and Antigonish were recently at the United Nations in New York for a major conference.  The annual gathering is organized by the the Commission on the Status of Women, a U-N organization that promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women.
Lucille Harper of the Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre was part of the Canadian delegation at the main conference.
Eileen Alma of the Coady’s International Centre for Women’s Leadership was part of a parallel conference involving a number of non-governmental organizations, societies and associations and women’s groups.  Alma says the Coady delegation included five Indigenous Women graduates of its leadership programs who were part of a panel.
Alma says an added bonus is they were able to connect with a number of Coady alumni who were in New York for the conference.
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Pictou Landing Chief Andrea Paul travels to United Nations Meeting in Geneva

The Chief of the Pictou Landing First Nation, Andrea Paul, is one of two commissioners with the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission that will attend a United Nations meeting on the rights of Indigenous peoples.  The meeting, to be held in Geneva, Switzerland  begins Monday and wraps up next Friday, the 14th.   The other commissioner making the trip is Cheryl Knockwood, a lawyer who works with the Membertou First Nation as its governance coordinator.
The commission’s director and CEO Christine Hanson expects Paul and Knockwood will be instrumental in helping to bring attention to Indigenous rights in Nova Scotia and the country as a whole.
The meeting is organized by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The session is held annually to discuss how the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples can improve indigenous peoples’ lives.  This year marks the 10th anniversary of the declaration.