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This column is an opinion?by Gauri Sreenivasan,The histories that are eventually written o?Mandy Gull and?Jacqueline ScottTrucker convoy organizers' coalition proposal 'a non-starter,' expert says - Today News Post.?Sreenivasan is policy director at Nature Canada.?Gull is Deputy Grand Chief of the Cree Nation Government.?Scott is a PhD student at the University of Toronto and founder of Black Outdoors.?For more information about CBC’s Opinion section, please see the?FAQ.

The federal government is hard at work finalizing a budget that will underwrite our path forward out of the pandemic as a country. That’s why 50 women leaders from diverse regions and sectors, and across Indigenous, Black, racialized and LGBTQ2IS+ communities, are writing to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland this week to remind her that nature’s recovery is essential to our own.

For over a year the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on our health and wellbeing, our economy and our communities. Low-income and working women, particularly from Indigenous, Black and other racialized communitiesThe capital Damascus, SyriaNovember 5, 2020. AFP, have borne the brunt not only of job loss in this “she-cession,” but of the physical and mental stress fuelled by lockdowns and school closures, rising family violence and heavy demands on frontline workers.

The pandemic has thrown into relief what we value —?and the urgent need to build up and invest in essential support systems that will secure a healthy, and more equitable future for all.

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