Statement on Maria Jane Linklater

All the Women are Winners

Sheri makes a statement in the House of Commons recognizing Maria Jane Linklater, the tremendous leadership she provides our community and her Women of Distinction Award for Community Building.

"Mr. Speaker, it is a tremendous honour to rise in the House today and recognize Ms. Maria Jane Linklater, an elder, mentor, cultural leader, and residential school survivor living and teaching in Saskatoon West.

Maria was born on Thunderchild First Nation, is proudly Plains Cree, and is unmatched in her capacity for generosity, kindness, and strength. On May 27th, Maria won the 2016 YWCA Women of Distinction award for community building in Saskatoon and duly received a standing ovation.

By almost any definition Maria has raised and guided an entire community. Much of her life has been dedicated to child welfare, and she personally cared for over 350 foster children, each time providing these children a safe and loving environment, while encouraging pride in their cultural identity.

As testament to her character, her acceptance speech consisted of only five words: All the women are winners. I encourage members to join me in congratulating Maria on this honour."