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Pam Palmater profile


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Super Woman has got nothing on Pamela Palmater. She is a powerful advocate for the rights of Indigenous women, a lawyer, an Associate Professor at Ryerson’s Department of Politics and Political Administration and the Academic Director of the new Centre for Indigenous Governance as well as the mother of two boys.

Palmater has spent a good deal of her life trying to shed light on the difficulties that the Indigenous communities in Canada face as well as the different kinds of discrimination that Indigenous women struggle with. On May 16th, Palmater will be accepting the 2012 Women of Distinction Award from the YWCA of Toronto for her work in the field of Social Justice, and my, has she earned it.

She is charming, friendly and speaks passionately about her work in the Indigenous community and more particularly about her work with women. “Empowering Indigenous women is empowering  your kids and your leaders,” says Palmater, ”but because Indigenous women have been the specific and really direct targets of colonial oppression, law and policy that has continued into modern day, it’s even more important to help empower those Indigenous women because they’re such specific targets.”

It is her goal to not only advocate before governmental bodies like the House and Senate on legislation that negatively affects Indigenous women, but also to bring all of that information back to the First Nations communities where they can be empowered at the grassroots level to advocate for themselves if they choose to.

By Christa Connell


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