Nahanni Fontaine is the MLA for the St. Johns Constituency in the Province of Manitoba serving as House Leader, Justice Critic, alongside Spokesperson for Status of Women, Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), LGBTTQ2S and Veterans Affairs.
Ms. Fontaine has a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Degree from the University of Winnipeg in Environmental Studies and International Development and a Masters of Arts (M.A.) Degree in Native Studies, Women’s Studies and Critical Theory from the University of Manitoba.
Ms. Fontaine delivers keynote addresses, workshops and presentations on the historical and contemporary context of Indigenous women and girls, including the issue of MMIWG; Women’s Rights; Feminism, Indigenous/Police Relations in Canada; and Women in Politics to name but a few.
Ms. Fontaine has served as a representative of the Indigenous community regionally, provincially, nationally and internationally on a number of boards and committees, including the Winnipeg Police Advisory Board; RCMP’s “D” Division Aboriginal Advisory Committee; Canadian Race Relations Foundation; Onashowewin; and the United Nations Working Group on the Draft Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Ms. Fontaine is the recipient of several awards, scholarships and fellowships, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctoral Scholarship; the YMCA Women of Distinction Award; and the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Person’s Case.
Ms. Fontaine is Status Ojibway from the Sagkeeng Anishinaabe First Nation in southern Manitoba.
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