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Miss Manito Ahbee finds strength in sharing her story and honouring MMIWG – CBC

by ahnationtalk on May 18, 201857 Views

‘We need to honour them,’ says Chante Speidel, who will pass on the title at the festival this weekend

May 18, 2018

The title of Miss Manito Ahbee Youth Ambassador carries a lot more weight than many other similar titles.

Since 2006, the title has also been used by the Manito Ahbee festival — which celebrates Indigenous arts, culture and music — as a way to honour the memory of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Every four years — four being a sacred number in Indigenous tradition, marking the completion of a full cycle — a different missing or murdered Indigenous woman is chosen to be honoured by the youth ambassador, according to the Manito Ahbee website.

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