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Patricia Monture

Key contributions: Well known for her work on Indigenous and women’s rights, Monture served on major inquiries convened on these issues, including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the task force on federally sentenced women and on the task force on the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons.

A Mohawk from the Six nations reserve near Brantford, Ont., she earned a master’s degree in law from Osgoode Hall in 1998 and taught law at Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa before joining the U of S department of Native studies in 1994.

She switched to the sociology department in 2004 and was the academic co-ordinator of the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program when she died in November 2010.

She served on the advisory committee for establishing the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, and was a leader in Canada in the areas of Indigenous theory, governance, law, social responsibility, and social and political inequities.