Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA) She is Wise Conference Keynote Speaker – Faye Blaney “Reclaiming Voice”
Fay Blaney, Xwemalhkw (Homalco) Coast Salisho was raised by her great grandparents, speaking her own language until the age of 7. She and 4 generations of her family attended residential schools in BC. She is a graduate of Simon Fraser University, a founding member of the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network, and has been involved with the Women’s Memorial March in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver for over 25 years. She is a post-secondary educator in Women & Gender studies, and facilitates cross cultural sensitivity training and reconciliation dialogue circles. Currently Ms. Blaney represents the Aboriginal Women’s Action Network as an expert witness to the National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
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