Pamela Palmater

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Born1970
Eel River, New Brunswick, Canada
OccupationProfessor
EducationDalhousie University
Notable worksBeyond Blood: Rethinking Aboriginal Identity and Belonging.
Website
pampalmater.com

Pamela Palmater (born 1970) is a Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist and politician from Mi'kma'ki, New Brunswick, Canada. A frequent media political commentator, she appears for Aboriginal Peoples Television Network's InFocus, CTV, and CBC. She is an associate professor and the academic director of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.

Early life and education[edit]

Palmater's family is from Eel River, New Brunswick.[1] She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Saint Thomas University in 1994 with a double major in Native Studies and History. She then graduated from the University of New Brunswick in 1997 with a Bachelor of Laws. In 1999, she graduated from Dalhousie University with a Master in Laws in Aboriginal Law. In 2009, Palmater obtained a Doctorate in Aboriginal Law from Dalhousie University Law School with her thesis entitled, "Beyond Blood: Rethinking Aboriginal Identity and Belonging".[2]

Career[edit]

Palmater is active in the Assembly of First Nations and is head of the Centre for Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, where she is an associate professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration. She worked for the federal government for over ten years, and was a director at Indian and Northern Affairs managing portfolios responsible for First Nations treaties, land claims and self-government.[3][4]

In 2012, Palmater was the runner up in the Assembly of First Nations leadership elections for national chief.[5] Her social advocacy highlighting Indigenous issues and missing and murdered Indigenous women bestowed many awards throughout her career.[6]

Awards[edit]

2012 YWCA Toronto Woman of Distinction Award in Social Justice.[7]

2012 Women's Courage Award in Social Justice.[8]

2012 Bertha Wilson Honour Society (Inaugural Inductee).[8]

2013 Top 25 Most Influential Lawyer: Top 5 in Human Rights.[9]

2014 Canada's Top Visionary Women Leaders: Top 23.[10]

2014 Building a Better World Designation: Nation-Builder.[8]

2015 UNB Alumni Award of Distinction.[11]

2016 Ryerson's Aboriginal Role Model.[12]

2016 21 Inspirational First Nation, Mets, Inuit Women Leaders.[13]

2016 J.S. Woodsworth Woman of Excellence Award in Human Rights and Equality.[14]

2016 Margaret Mead Award in Social Justice.[15]

2017 Doctor of Laws honoris causa.[6]

2017 Award for Excellence in Human Rights.[16]


Publications[edit]

Indigenous nationhood: empowering grassroots citizens (Fernwood, 2015)

Stretched Beyond Human Limits: Death by Poverty in First Nations (for publication in 2012).

Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity and Belonging. (Saskatoon: Purich Publishing, 2011)

Our Children, Our Future, Our Vision: First Nation Jurisdiction over First Nation Education for the Chiefs of Ontario

In My Brother’s Footsteps: Is R. v. Powley the Path to Recognized Aboriginal Identity for Non-Status Indians? in J. Magnet, D. Dorey, eds., Aboriginal Rights Litigation (Markham: LexisNexis, 2003) 149. Stretched Beyond Human Limits: Death by Poverty in First Nations (2012) 65/66 Canadian Review of Social Policy.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Canadian Broadcasting System, 8th Fire
  2. ^ Assembly of First Nations, Pam Palmater Biography
  3. ^ Ryerson University. Biography: Pamela Palmater Archived 2013-01-28 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on: 2013-01-26.
  4. ^ National Post, 19 Aug 2012. The time is ripe for First Nations land reform in Canada. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-01-29. Retrieved 2012-08-15.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ AFN runner-up says gender a factor in defeat against Atleo. The Globe and Mail, 18 Jul 2012. [1]
  6. ^ a b "Pamela Palmater - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ Meet the 2012 Recipients. YWCA
  8. ^ a b c "About". Pamela Palmater. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  9. ^ "The Top 25 Most Influential | Canadian Lawyer Mag". www.canadianlawyermag.com. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  10. ^ "A Bold Vision | Women's Leadership Conference". aboldvision.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  11. ^ "Pamela Palmater Receives UNB Award - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  12. ^ "160217-Palmater-Role Model - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  13. ^ "160515-Palmater-ETFO-InspirationalFNWoman - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  14. ^ "160529-Palmater-WoodsworthAward - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  15. ^ "161004-Palmater-MargaretMeadAward - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  16. ^ "171102-Palmater-AHRC-Award - Politics & Public Administration - Ryerson University". www.ryerson.ca. Retrieved 2018-12-22.

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