Until Our Hearts Are On the Ground – Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard

Until Our Hearts Are On the Ground – Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard

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A presentation at Neoliberalism and Its Discontents, Parkland Institute's 23rd Annual Conference (November 15-17, 2019).


Until Our Hearts Are On the Ground: Indigenous Women’s Activism, Now and Forever – 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 as the president of the Ontario Native Women’s Association for 16 years. She has served as director for First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University since 2016. Dawn was elected president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada at the 41st Annual General Assembly, July 11, 2015 in Montreal, Quebec, and was vice-president for almost three years.

Dawn is a full-time mother of three girls. Following in the footsteps of her mother Jeannette Corbiere Lavell—a noted advocate for Indigenous women’s rights—and since joining the board of the Ontario Native Women Association as a youth director back in 1994, Dr. Lavell-Harvard has been working toward the empowerment of Aboriginal women and their families. She was co-editor of the original volume on Indigenous mothering entitled Until Our Hearts Are on the Ground: Aboriginal Mothering, Oppression, Resistance and Rebirth. She has also released a book along with Kim Anderson, entitled Mothers of the Nations, and has recently co-edited a book with Jennifer Brant entitled Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

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