PAGC conference, walk to address violence

By paNOW Staff
June 16, 2013 - 12:10pm

For three days in Prince Albert, dealing with violence against women will be the focus of a conference and an annual walk held by the Prince Albert Grand Council Women’s Commission.

The commission will be hosting the National Native Women’s Wellness Conference at the Prince Albert Inn, with the Ninth Annual Honouring Our Sisters & Brothers Memorial Walk taking place on June 19.

“The Prince Albert Grand Council program managers will be there, especially the health and social arm of the Prince Albert Grand Council. And they have the therapists there and other sources,” said Shirley Henderson, chairperson, Prince Albert Grand Council Women’s Commission said. There will be sessions that women can attend, and they will have the choice of which ones to attend.

The conference will be held from June 17 to June 19, and will cover topics including violence against women, domestic violence, stress in the workplace and dating violence.

At the conference, there will also be speakers, some of them sharing their first-hand experiences with the attendees.

Henderson said their target is to have 200 people attend the conference, and anyone is welcome to attend.

The walk, which will wrap up the conference, will begin at City Hall, which will begin at 9 a.m., and will make stops at the courthouses, then at Kinsmen Park, ending at the Prince Albert Grand Council.

It will honour victims of crime and missing men and women. She said they have had as many as 300 people attend the walk in the past – and people have come from places outside of Prince Albert, and from as far north as Fond-du-Lac.

“Awareness is our main goal,” Henderson said. “Especially, you know the Northern communities, people coming into the city aren’t aware of the dangers coming from a small community, everybody trusts everybody. And awareness of what to expect when you come to the city.”

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