Fay Blaney (British Columbia)

Fay BlaneyFay Blaney is a Xwemalhkwu woman of the Coast Salish Nation. She is deeply committed to issues affecting Indigenous women. As an educator and activist, she has devoted her heart and knowledge to educating and mobilizing Canadians to better understand the impacts of colonization, capitalism and patriarchy on First Nations women. As a founding member of the Aboriginal Women's Action Network, her passion extended into the national and international arenas. AWAN's participatory action research projects addressed issues of citizenship for First Nations women in communities of origin, and within Canadian society. Additionally, AWAN researched and took action on male violence against Native women. Fay's involvement with the Women's Memorial March Committee extends over 20 years, and in the previous years, she has served as chair of that committee. Through the WMMC, and in her other involvements, Fay continues to engage with the critical issue of male violence against women as well as the National Inquiry into the 'murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls'.