News

New Saskatchewan chief is a pioneer

Kimberly Jonathan is doing something no one has ever done before. She’s the first woman to be chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nation’s (FSIN) and the first woman to wear an iconic plains Indian headdress with pride.

Two years ago, she was elected to the FSIN executive as a vice-chief and gifted a blanket. At the time, male vice-chiefs were given feathered war bonnets.

That different gifts for women and men on the executive didn’t stop Jonathan from working hard and earning her place as a top leader at the FSIN. She is a pioneer and champion for the rights of women and children.

"I didn't accept the headdress for myself," she recently told the Star Pheonix newspaper in Saskatoon. "I accepted it to honour and to bring that respect of the children, the little girls that are our there watching."

Women belong in respected leadership roles, she said.

"Whether it's being a chief, an educator, an RCMP, in the trades or at your homefire,” Jonathan added.

“We are intended for this honour and this high prestige.”

Do you have an awesome female role model in your life?

Image source: www.fsin.com

Latest Stories

Indigenous Mental Health: The Reality
World Mental Health Day 2018
Indigenous Mental Health: The Reality
Orange Shirt Day acknowledges the harm that Canada's residential school system has left in generations of indigenous families and their communities.
Orange Shirt Day 2018
Orange Shirt Day acknowledges the harm that Canada's residential school system has left in generations of indigenous families and their communities.
NAFC is excited to share two PSA’s created to promote the New Journeys Programs and Services database and resources.
New Journey’s Launches Two Public Service Announcements (PSA’s)
NAFC is excited to share two PSA’s created to promote the New Journeys Programs and Services database and resources.

Tags

weremember indigenousveteransday http-spiritpanels-humanrights-ca

Join the discussion

Captcha?color=006091&locale=en

Please enter the characters you see in the image above.

Comments (0)