Letter of Sympathy for the family and friends of Patricia Monture
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 inequality.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 you.
On behalf of all Native women, we honour Patricia Monture today and always, Jeannette Corbiere-Lavell