Kitigan Zibi, QC
Nominated by: City for All Women Initiative (CAWI)
The Francophone cause has always been important to me. Since 2016, I’ve been president of the Alliance des femmes de la francophonie canadienne, an organization that advocates for the rights of Francophone and Acadian women across the country. My involvement with the Réseau-Femmes Colombie-Britannique and La Société Inform’Elles is ongoing. I was part of the Canadian delegation to the 62nd session of the Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations headquarters in New York as well as at the Sommet mondial de la francophonie in 2018. I currently work as General Director of La Boussole, a community organization that supports homeless and low-income people in areas like health, social services, and employability. I am also pursuing full time studies in nursing at V.C.C. in Vancouver.
Over the years I have pursued studies on subjects I’m passionate about. I’ve been fortunate enough to study law, community counselling, human trafficking, and healthcare for victims of violence and sexual abuse. I also have a diploma in Forensic Medicine from the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). In 2018, I published an article on the use of rape as a weapon against Kosovian refugees in the 1990s, which also addressed the impact of silence on victims.