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SHARON JOHNSON

 SHARON JOHNSON1

Sharon has overcome her own personal grief and loss to become a leader and spokesperson in bringing the issue of violence against Anishnabe women to the attention of this community and beyond. What began in 2005 as a walk of 20 people along Simpson Street and the Neebing McIntyre floodway has now evolved to a larger annual Full Moon Memory Walk in September. This walk commemorates those Anishnabe and Métis daughters, granddaughters, and sisters whose lives have been lost to acts of violence. A member of Seine River First Nation, Sharon began this volunteer work as a tribute to her sister, Sandra, whose unsolved murder took place in 1992. She has been an active fundraiser and takes part in presentations and events at Lakehead University. Sharon also provides refuge to Anishnabe teens to make sure they are not left vulnerable to danger.