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Indigenous rights advocate Riley Yesno says no to a life in politics but will keep pushing for equality – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on October 9, 201966 Views

October 8, 2019

When Riley Yesno rose in the House of Commons to deliver a speech on the number of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls in Canada, the national inquiry’s final report was looming and Jody Wilson Raybould had just been kicked out of the Liberal caucus by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Yesno felt it was an important and timely topic to bring up during the Daughters of the Vote, a program that invites young women from across the country to apply to be one of 338 Members of Parliament for a day. The women make speeches to address current issues.

Few people get to speak in the House of Commons and the University of Toronto student says it certainly was intimidating.

“I was actually very uncomfortable with the whole situation before I went in, I didn’t know if I wanted to do it,” says Yesno. “I felt very uncomfortable in the colonialality of the House of Commons.

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