First Nations women receives international peace prize


Judy DaSilva, a First Nations women from Grassy Narrows, Ont., has received the Michael Sattler Peace Prize from the German Mennonite Peace Committee, reported CBC news on May 22, 2013.

Laurens Thiessen van Esch of the German Mennonite Peace Committee (GMPC) said: "We want to award the prize to Judy DaSilva in order to honour the nonviolent resistance of the Grassy Narrows First Nation against the destruction of nature and for the preservation of their Indigenous culture."
 
DaSilva has helped her community suspend logging on Grassy Narrows territory for nearly five years. A GMPC news release describes DaSilva as a mother of five children, a "humble, passionate and relentless" advocate. DaSilva travelled to Germany to receive the honour.
 
CBC reports that the Canadian government is making plans to resume logging on First Nation's traditional territory.