Etana is a friend of mine whom I have been inspired by since we first met. I am so excited to introduce her to you as the next featured woman in my Boss Lady Buzz Series!
After an interview, Etana provided me with the following insightful, educational words.
Boss Lady Buzz: Etana Cain
Etana was born and raised in a close-knit community in Toronto. She grew up in a family where politics was discussed around the dinner table. She thought a lot about social justice and activism in high school, but truly became involved when she attended McGill University.
At McGill, Etana participated in a program called “McGill Women In House“. This program helped shape her career path, allowing her to understand the various ways in which “government can be a vehicle for social change”.
Etana is involved in a number of positive change initiatives. At most tables she volunteers or works on, she is often the only young woman, and only black woman. She believes it’s especially important for women who are: . Racialized, Indigenous, living with disabilities, trans, queer or gender non-binary people to be represented at these tables.
“Greater diversity around decision-making tables means more equitable decision making.” – Etana Cain
Looking for these opportunities is a priority for this intelligent and inspirational woman.
On this topic, she also quotes the late Canadian Politician, Rosemary Brown. “We must open the doors and we must see to it that they remain open, so that others can pass through.“
” I am inspired by strong black women who stand up and speak truth to power.” – Etana Cain
Another one of her favourite quotes comes from Political Activist Angela Davis:
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change, I am changing the things I cannot accept.”
Some of the topics Etana would like to create more awareness about include: . Gender-based violence, racism, hate, poverty, employment and housing issues in Toronto and across Canada. She believes if we stand together we can push forward change.
Etana is: “committed to being an ally in the work ahead to end the inequities that persist with respect to Canada’s treatment of Indigenous Peoples.”
In order to better educate herself and understand this topic further, she took the initiative to read the summary of The Truth and Reconciliation Commission. She encourages others to do the same.
I could talk about how inspiring this incredible woman is for days, but hopefully this interview speaks for itself. Etana is passionate and driven when it comes to making Canada a better place. I will strive to become more educated and volunteer as a young woman because of what I learned from her. Thank you Etana!
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