MLA Nahanni Fontaine, St. Johns

Lord, I lift up Hon. Nahanni Fontaine to You. I pray for you to touch her and to speak to her. I pray that you would guide and support her in her work and personal life. I pray that your Will be done through the work of her hands, that they would bring You glory. I pray that you would speak to her and that she would hear your voice and follow you, bringing you Glory. Amen…….

As a young girl and teen, Nahanni Fontaine made Winnipeg’s North End her home. Since then she has since spent much of her political activism and career strengthening the voices of Indigenous women and girls. Before entering politics, Nahanni worked as Special Advisor on Aboriginal Women’s Issues for the Indigenous Issues Committee of Cabinet of Manitoba, with a special focus on Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). She also worked as an Environmental Researcher for Sagkeeng First Nation and taught in the Native Studies department at the University of Manitoba. Nationally, her work has been at the forefront of raising awareness on MMIWG, while locally, she has coordinated an unprecedented network of advocacy and support for MMIWG families. For this work, she was honoured with the Governor-General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case in 2013.