#52-18 Native Women Challenge Canada … Speech by Dr. Dawn Memee Lavelle-Harvard

In 1971, Janette Lavelle filed suit against a 19th century law that violated native women’s human rights in Canada. She lost the case, but started a movement that included researching and raising a hue and cry about missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. Her daughter continues the story in a 2016 speech to the Motherhood Initiative for Research and Community Involvement.

Host(s): Frieda Werden
Featured Speakers/Guests: Dr. Dawn Memee Lavelle-Harvard is a proud member of the Wikwemikong First Nation, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women as the President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association and the Native Women’s Association of Canada. She has three daughters. She co-edited the books Until Our Hearts Are on the Ground: Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth and Mothers of the Nations: Indigenous Mothering as Global Resistance, Reclaiming and Recovery.” 

Credits: Recorded and edited by Frieda Werden. Thanks to MIRCI and Memee Lavelle-Harvard for permission.

Comments: Previously released as #37-16