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Woman seeking nod for Liberals

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Karen Kejick announced yesterday she is seeking the Ontario Liberal nomination for the riding of Kenora-Rainy River.

Born and raised on the beautiful shores of Iskatewizaagegan (Shoal Lake 39 First Nation), she is a proud member of the Treaty #3 Nation.

She is a knowledge keeper of the Ojibwe language and a published author.

Kejick has been a champion for women's rights and a strong advocate on violence against women. In 2013, she successfully launched the “green light” strategy in Treaty #3 Territory.

She also successfully spearheaded gender-based anti-violence initiatives for the Treaty #3 Police Service while working as project lead under the Kwenan Diziwin, Not for Sale and Support our Survivors Project.

Kejick also has represented families of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls at both the first and second national roundtables.

As well as standing up for indigenous women, Kejick has taken on a number of leadership roles on intergovernmental files such as the highway twinning.

Her primary focus included community engagement and relationship-building with both levels of government.

Other files within the community include sitting on the board of directors for the Kenora Sunset VCARS and the Lake of the Woods Business Incentive Corp.

She also is her council's lead for education, governance, and economic development and chair for the Fisheries Advisory Council in Iskatewizaagegan (entering into her third-straight term).

Kejick has studied nursing and currently is studying political science at the University of Manitoba.

She holds the title for being the youngest member elected to the Grand Council Treaty #3 Women's Executive Council from 2009-14 (seven-year term).

Kejick looks forward to the opportunity to represent the people and communities of the riding of Kenora-Rainy River at Queen's Park, and to raise awareness for the issues and opportunities that exist for northerners.

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