Ms. Annita McPhee is a member of the Tahltan Nation located in Northwestern British Columbia. She is an accomplished consultant and indigenous leader who has demonstrated a strong commitment with her underlying philosophy, to advancing the economic prosperity of her people while protecting their lands and way of life in northern British Columbia.
Annita is the former President of the Tahltan Central Council (TCC), the administrative governing body representing the Tahltan Nation, having served three terms leading the Nation through some of the most challenging and exciting opportunities in its history.Her professional experience is enhanced by her academic background. She holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and studied Public Relations at BCIT.
Ms McPhee has received many prestigious awards, including Indigenous Leadership Award from Ecotrust, Aboriginal Woman of Distinction Award, and was named National Native Model in 2000 by former British Columbia Governor General Adrienne Clarkson, for her commitment to community and service.
From youth empowerment in Canada to protection of cultural heritage in Australia; from income generating activities in Cameroon to advocating about women’s rights in Papua New Guinea and in India – watch six exceptionally inspiring indigenous women as they share their personal stories, their concerns, and their aspirations for indigenous communities around the world. Listen as they share the reasons that motivated them to dedicate their lives to advocating about the rights of indigenous peoples.
The interviews were conducted on behalf of the United Nations Division for Social Policy and Development of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs, during the 14th session of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which took place at the United Nations Headquarters in New York from April 20 to May 1, 2015.
The interviewees are participating at the 2015 Program on Human Rights and International Advocacy Skills of the Global Leadership School of Indigenous Women through the International Indigenous Women’s Forum/Foro Internacional de Mujeres Indígenas (FIMI). FIMI’s mission is to bring together indigenous women leaders and human rights activists from different parts of the world to coordinate agendas, build capacity, and to develop leadership roles. FIMI encourages indigenous women’s participation in international decision-making processes by ensuring the consistent and serious inclusion of indigenous women’s perspectives in all discussions regarding human rights.
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For more information on FIMI please visit: www.fimi-iiwf.org
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