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In celebration of Women’s History Month and International Womens Day, Wakerahkáhtste Louise McDonald Herne and Jonel Beauvais from the Akwesasne Mohawk community will discuss how Haudenosaunee women have influenced and shaped women’s rights dating back to the suffragist movement and before. They will discuss current initiatives that support Indigenous young women and address healing and repair in Native communities challenged by historic trauma and genocidal practices.

Wakerahkáhtste Louise McDonald Herne is a condoled Bear Clan Mother for the Mohawk Nation Council. She has been the Distinguished Scholar in Indigenous Learning at McMaster University Institute for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (MIIETL) and received an honorary PhD from SUNY Canton. She has also presented at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, and lectures regularly at universities throughout Canada and the United States on Ratinonhsón:ni philosophies and self-determination in regards to women.

Jonel Beauvais is a Wolf Clan, Mohawk. Jonel spent five years with the Seven Dancers Coalition, as Community Outreach, located in her home territory in Akwesasne. The Coalition seeks to educate Tribal communities and service providers through trainings and presentations on Sexual Assault, Domestic violence, Campus Safety, Teen Dating, Sex Trafficking and Stalking. She was a recipient of 2020 Visionary Voice Award. In 2022 she received an award from the Women’s Institute for Leadership and Learning for her dedication to raising the voice of women through personal accountability.

This event is being offered live on Zoom as well as in person at Goldwin Smith Hall, G64 on Cornell's Ithaca campus.

Reception to follow in Klarman Hall Atrium with food from Monty Campbell, Jr. (Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ, Cayuga).

Date & Time

March 8, 2023
5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

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Louise McDonald Herne (Bear Clan Mother, Mohawk)

Jonel Beauvais (Wolf Clan, Mohawk)


American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program

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