International Women’s Day podcasts from Prince Edward Island are now available! This episode of the “Break the Bias” series for 2022 features Dawne Knockwood in conversation with Sarah Stewart Jackson, exploring the lives of Indigenous women and perspectives on reconciliation.
Dawne Knockwood is a Mi’kmaw woman whose family are members of the Lennox Island First Nation of PEI. She is the facilitator of The Way Forward: Youth Employment & Skills Strategy (YESS) program at the Native Council of PEI and is currently working towards her Master’s in Education and writing her research thesis on Indigenous Education on Prince Edward Island. She the proud mother of three boys, aged 15, 13 and 8 years old. Dawne is a powerful, articulate, intelligent woman with a big heart and a booming laugh!
Sarah is a Cree Elder living on Epekwitk, Mi’kmaqi territory for 37 yrs. She currently works for Native Council of PEI as the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Coordinator (MMIWG), calling for justice and confronting the shocking and shameful rates of violence across Canada. She has 3 children, and 3 grandchildren, and has been married for 28 years. In Sarah’s words, “I am honoured to take part in International Women’s Day and share my story. If you can take anything from this, may it be hope, acceptance, and the knowledge that you are not alone. I walk with you in love and faith that your journey is a good one.”