Sipekne'katik First Nation women to address UN conference

Two young women from Sipekne'katik First Nation will present a workshop Wednesday on indigenous girls' leadership at a United Nations conference in New York.

Shurenda Michael and Michaela Julian are part of Canada's delegation to the 61st Congress on the Status of Women.

Their workshop features the story of Nova Scotia's Peaked Cap Project, which is a Mi'kmaq approach to the United Nations Girls' Roundtable model.

Joanne Bernard, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women Act, says the project was a great opportunity for the girls to find their voices and to share their ideas.

She says they heard about stereotypes, how people define who they are, and how this needs to change. 

Michael says the UN conference is a great opportunity to show young women in her community that there are possibilities for them and a world out there that they're part of.

The girls involved with the Peaked Cap Project from Sipekne'katik First Nation created a video that can be viewed on YouTube.