(June 9, 2016) – The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) President Dawn Lavell-Harvard will be bestowed with an honorary doctorate of Education by Nipissing University at the convocation ceremony in North Bay, Ontario on June 9th, 2016. An alumnus of Queen’s University and the University of Western Ontario, Dr. Lavell-Harvard has dedicated the academic part of her career to the study of Education, including the experiences of Indigenous women and girls in Canadian secondary and post-secondary school systems.
“It is a great honour to be acknowledged and recognized by Nipissing University. Equal access to education for Indigenous peoples is such an important part of our struggle for equality in Canadian society” said President Lavell-Harvard.
A champion of Indigenous women’s’ rights, Dr. Dawn Lavell-Harvard was elected President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada at the 41st Annual General Assembly in 2015, after serving as President of the Ontario Native Women’s Association since 2003. Hailing from Wikwemikong First Nation, Dr. Lavell-Harvard’s accomplishments include being named a member of the Independent Advisory Board on Senate Appointments, being Canada’s first indigenous Trudeau scholar, and a publishing number of articles and books discussing Aboriginal mothering practices and the effects of colonization and governmental oppression on Aboriginal mothers.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) is founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote, and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well-being of First Nations and Métis women within First Nation, Métis and Canadian societies. As a national organization representing Indigenous women since 1974, NWAC’s mandate is to achieve equality for all Indigenous women and girls in Canada.
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