Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation
Nominated by: Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Sexual Assault Services Association
A proud Mi’kmaq woman from Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, is the mother of two beautiful daughters, Madison and Meadow, and she was a Band Councillor for the Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation. She graduated from Trent University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Indigenous Studies and is currently completing her Masters of Adult Education at STFX University with a focus on community development. Molly has been selected for her ongoing leadership in advocating for positive change in the lives of Indigenous people in general and Indigenous women more specifically. She has extensive knowledge of the dynamics within and between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations at the local, regional, and national level, and has expertise relating to the ongoing forms of gender-based violence resulting from settler colonialism. She has relevant work experience as a front-line addictions field worker in Paqtnkek, an Aboriginal Student Advisor at StFX, and as a Community Facilitator on the Status of Women project, “Responding to and Preventing Sexual Violence in Paqtnkek.” During her tenure as a student advisor, Molly not only provided crucial academic and other supports, but played an important role at the University in expanding educational opportunities for Indigenous students and initiating the process of Indigenization at this institution.