Amanda Kilabuk joins Ontario’s new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council

“I’m fully aware of the realities urban Inuit women face”

Amanda Kilabuk, the acting director of Tungasuvvingat Inuit, the Ottawa-based community organization for Inuit in Ontario, will represent TI on Ontario’s recently created Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council. (Photo courtesy of TI)

By Jane George

The Ontario government has named the acting executive director of Tungasuvvingat Inuit to its new Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council, a provincial forum on issues such as violence prevention.

“As an urban Inuk woman, I am proud to represent Tungasuvvingat Inuit as part of this council,” said Amanda Kilabuk in a TI release. “I hope to provide insight into the realities that urban Inuit women face each day.

“It is very important to allow other Indigenous organizations and government agencies to understand the unique obstacles and challenges faced by urban Inuit women.”

The council includes First Nations, Métis, Inuit and LGBTQ2S leaders, who will provide input on issues such as human trafficking and child, youth and family well-being, the Ontario government said in a news release on the new council.

TI offers programming specifically for Inuit women, including an urban Inuit Women’s Support Group and the Alluriarniq Program, which helps Inuit sex workers in Ottawa.

“As an Inuk woman that has lived in Ottawa for more than three years, I’m fully aware of the realities urban Inuit women face,” Kilabuk said.

TI is notified almost daily about urban Inuit women affected by violence or who have gone missing, she said.

Kilabuk said her concerns include the lack of implementation of the calls for justice listed in the final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, one year after its release.

“By participating in the Ontario Indigenous Women’s Advisory Council, TI will advocate for real change,” she said.

The council’s creation was announced on June 21, National Indigenous Peoples Day.

The other members of the council are the following:

  • Sylvia Maracle, Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres
  • Sandra Montour, Six Nations of the Grand River
  • Lyndia Jones, Independent First Nations
  • Jennifer St. Germain, Métis Nation of Ontario
  • Teresa Sutherland, Nishnawbe Aski Nation
  • Marina Plain, Union of Ontario Indians/Anishinabek Nation
  • Tracy Antone, Chiefs of Ontario
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