In honour of the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25 and the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence that follows, PSAC is hosting a virtual panel discussion. This panel will analyze the federal government’s progress in meeting the 231 Calls for Justice presented by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ people.
The online event is also an opportunity for members to discuss how to pressure the government to eradicate systemic gender-based violence as part of our collective reconciliation efforts. Members will be provided with tools to address these issues within the union, and at the local and committee level.
- What: A virtual panel discussion to assess the federal government’s actions to end violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQIA+ people
- Who: Chanel Blouin, policy advisor with the Native Women's Association of Canada, and Anne Panasuk, journalist with Radio-Canada
- When: Saturday, December 3, 1:00 p.m. EST
The panel will be offered in French with simultaneous English interpretation and is open to all members. All materials will be provided in English and French. The online event is sponsored by the PSAC National Indigenous Peoples’ Circle.
Meet the panelists
Chanel Blouin is a policy advisor with the Native Women's Association of Canada. She is of French-Canadian and Mexican-American descent, living on the unceded traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. Chanel holds a master's degree in art history from the University of British Columbia. She has collected testimonies from family members and survivors of violence who have shared their truth and worked as a junior researcher for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. She conducted collaborative gender-based decolonial research on the systemic causes of the crisis and wrote sections of the final report, including on natural resource extraction projects and violence against Indigenous women.
Anne Panasuk has been a journalist with Radio-Canada television for 38 years. Her knowledge of First Nations has allowed her to uncover little-known stories in reports that have been praised for their excellence. In June 2021, she accepted the role of special advisor to the Quebec Minister of Indigenous Affairs to support families of missing Indigenous children.