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NCN Citizen Recognized by Province for MMIWG Work

Hilda Anderson-Pyrz has received another honour, the 2022 Empower Women Award, for her tireless advocacy work.

Families Minister Rochelle Squires presented Anderson-Pyrz with her award at a ceremony at the Manitoba Legislature on October 20.

“(She) challenged systemic inequalities, spoke out against injustice, changed lives at a personal level and served as role model. (She) demonstrates what is possible when we work collectively and show that we all have a role to play in the journey towards truth and reconciliation,” Minister Squires said.

The Empower Women Award is a new recognition from the Manitoba Status of Women Secretariat. It is given to one woman and one youth in the province who has made exceptional contributions to their communities at a local, provincial or national level, and have dedicated themselves to gender equality and reconciliation.

“Thank you to those who gave me the strength to find my voice, and to those who trusted me to share their voice,” Anderson-Pyrz said. “Our ancestors are powerful spirit guides as they carry us on the journey of reclaiming our power and place as Indigenous women. Our Elders say it is the women who will lead us back into balance. It is the women who play a key role in decolonization and a reclamation of our rightful place in this country.”

It is a well-deserved honour for Anderson-Pyrz, who has worked for decades to support those with marginalized voices, including the 2SLGBTQQIA+ and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls communities.

She established the MKO Liaison Unit for MMIWG and served as its director for the first five years. In that role, she offered support to victims and their families as they shared their heartbreaking stories for the National Inquiry into MMIWG.

She is now serving as the chair of the National Family Survivors Circle, and continues to advocate for victims, survivors and their families.

At this time last year, Anderson-Pyrz was celebrated as an Honour 150 recipient for devoting her personal and professional life to helping others. The award was given to several prominent Manitobans to celebrate the province’s 150th birthday.

“For over 20 years, Hilda has tirelessly devoted her life to advocating for the prevention and end of gender and race based violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals,” says Chief Levasseur.

“Congratulations Hilda. On behalf of the Nation, we are so proud of you!”

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