Submitter and Co-author information

Stephanie Pangowish, University of WindsorFollow

Standing

Graduate (Masters)

Type of Proposal

Oral Research Presentation

Faculty

Faculty of Law

Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Beverly Jacobs

Abstract/Description of Original Work

Since the colonization of Indigenous people on this territory, Indigenous women have faced violence, and we continue to face violence not only in political spheres but also at home; at the root of this is the assumed sovereignty of the Canadian state over Indigenous people. Haudenosaunee women have long held a sacredness, a sacredness is recognized by our communities. Women's sacredness is outlined in our Creation Story and our Great Law of Peace. The Creation Story tells us how we interact with each other and all things. Our Great Law of Peace is our governing law that combines all six nations in the Haudenosaunee confederacy. Women play a central role in both the Creation Story and the Great Law of Peace, which confirms the importance of women within traditional Haudenosaunee communities; the impact of the doctrine of discovery has damaged that traditional knowledge and customs.

The impacts of the Indian Act, disenfranchisement of Haudenosaunee women, and residential school are tools that have tried to erase the "Indian problem" in Canada. This research focuses on how attacking Haudenosaunee women, and family structure has had negative impacts until today. Along with the negative consequences, this research also highlights the resilience of Haudenosaunee women providing examples of how Haudenosaunee women have remained firm in their scaredness by fulling the roles supplied to them by the Creator continuing to provide Kanoronhkwáhtshera (love) to their people, homes, and lands

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March 29 - 1-3, March 30 1-3, March 31 1-3, April 1 1-2 pm.

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Kanoronhkwáhtshera: A Haudenosaunee Anishnawbe woman’s view on the impact of the The Doctrine of Discovery on Haudenosaunee women

Since the colonization of Indigenous people on this territory, Indigenous women have faced violence, and we continue to face violence not only in political spheres but also at home; at the root of this is the assumed sovereignty of the Canadian state over Indigenous people. Haudenosaunee women have long held a sacredness, a sacredness is recognized by our communities. Women's sacredness is outlined in our Creation Story and our Great Law of Peace. The Creation Story tells us how we interact with each other and all things. Our Great Law of Peace is our governing law that combines all six nations in the Haudenosaunee confederacy. Women play a central role in both the Creation Story and the Great Law of Peace, which confirms the importance of women within traditional Haudenosaunee communities; the impact of the doctrine of discovery has damaged that traditional knowledge and customs.

The impacts of the Indian Act, disenfranchisement of Haudenosaunee women, and residential school are tools that have tried to erase the "Indian problem" in Canada. This research focuses on how attacking Haudenosaunee women, and family structure has had negative impacts until today. Along with the negative consequences, this research also highlights the resilience of Haudenosaunee women providing examples of how Haudenosaunee women have remained firm in their scaredness by fulling the roles supplied to them by the Creator continuing to provide Kanoronhkwáhtshera (love) to their people, homes, and lands