A well-known First Nation educator and advocate will be the keynote speaker for International Women’s Day events being held in Espanola and Little Current.

Co-organizer Diane Brunetti says the Mnidoo Mnising Coalition against Domestic Violence International Women’s Day keynote speaker Sophie Pheasant, a well-known Indigenous advocate, teacher and instructor with Kenjgewin Teg.

Brunetti says the Espanola gathering takes place on March 6th at the Espanola Regional Recreation Complex and in Little Current on March 9th at the NEMI Recreation Centre, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.

She adds the one-day gatherings are open to women from Manitoulin Island and across the North Shore corridor and will also include various workshops.

Brunetti says both gatherings are free and interested women are encouraged to pre-register.