The Native Women’s Association of Canada is profoundly saddened by the passing of Patricia
(Trish) Monture, who died on November 17, 2010 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.
Trish will be remembered in our hearts as a dedicated and passionate Haudenosaunee
activist, mother, writer, educator and mentor. She was an inspiration to many young people,
faculty members, lawyers, and to many First Nations. Patricia led the way with her writings
on Indigenous theory, intersectional theory, governance, law, and social and political
Trish was an exceptionally accomplished author and scholar. In addition to numerous
articles, scholarly volumes and reports, she authored two books: Thunder in my Soul: A
Mohawk Woman Speaks (1995), and Journeying Forward: Dreaming First Nations
Independence (1999). She had also edited a recent anthology, First Voices: An Aboriginal
Women’s Reader (2009). These written works will help to carry forward her knowledge and
teachings for generations to come.
Trish was truly admired by all those she encountered. Her contributions to community and
academia were recognized broadly, marked by honorary doctorates from both Athabasca
University in June 2008 and Queen’s University in June 2009. NWAC is deeply grateful to
have had her contribute to and author several reports on multiple subjects over the years to
advance awareness and change in response to issues impacting the lives of Aboriginal
women, their families and communities.
NWAC would like to extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to Trish’s loved ones; her
children, Justin, Michael, Jack, Leonard, Leith, Lionel and Genine, her siblings and extended
family. Trish touched so many lives with her tremendous Spirit and strength, we are so
grateful for all of the gifts she shared with us. Miigwetch, Nia:wen kowa, Marsi-Cho, Thank
On behalf of all Native women, we honour Patricia Monture today and always,
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