U of A campus & Livestream • November 17–19, 2023
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Afternoon plenary

Until Our Hearts Are On the Ground: Indigenous Women’s Activism, Now and Forever


November 16, 2019 at 1:00pm - 2:15pm


Engineering Teaching & Learning Complex (ETLC), University of Alberta
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with Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard

After years of working with Indigenous women’s organizations from the grassroots to the national level, Dr. Lavell-Harvard has been involved in all manner of political organizing from community powwows to international protocols in order to advance the rights of Indigenous women and end violence against Indigenous women and girls. This presentation will focus on Indigenous rights and resistance to colonialism (old and new), highlight the ways in which Indigenous people in general, and Indigenous women specifically, are building political movements in this era of right-wing extremism, and explore the evolution of Indigenous political movements in response to authoritarian populism.

Dr. Dawn Lavell-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 for decades. She has served as the president of the Ontario Native Women’s Association for 16 years and was elected president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada in 2015. She is director for First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario.