Fonds MG 539 - Patricia Monture fonds

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Patricia Monture fonds

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MG 539

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  • 1960-2010 (inclusive) ; 1980-2005 (predominant) (Creation)

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5.6 m of textual records
8 photographs : col.
10 35 mm slides
16 VHS tapes
1 artifact

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Biographical history

Patricia Monture (later Monture-Angus) was a member of the Mohawk Nation from the Six Nations Grand River Territory. She obtained her BA in sociology from the University of Western Ontario (1983), her law degree from Queen’s University (1988) and her Master’s in law from Osgoode Hall Law School (Toronto) in 1998. In 1988 she filed a suit in Ontario’s Supreme Court arguing that as a member of a sovereign nation, she should not be required to take an oath of allegiance to the Queen in order to join the Ontario Bar. In response, the Law Society made the oath-taking optional. Monture taught law at both Dalhousie University and the University of Ottawa before being offered a position in the Department of Native Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in 1994. She was granted tenure in 1998 and obtained full professorship in 1999, and was during this period one of very few Indigenous women in a faculty position on campus—at one point being the only Indigenous person in the Department of Native Studies. In 2004 she joined the sociology department and became the academic coordinator of the Aboriginal Justice and Criminology Program (also known as the Indigenous People and Justice Program). Her work on Indigenous and women’s rights stretched far beyond her activities on campus, and she served on a number of major inquiries including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the task force on federally sentenced women, and the task force on the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. She was the 2007 recipient of the Sarah Shorten Award for the advancement of women, the 2008 Human Rights Action award from the Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies and in 2009 she received an Honourary Doctor of Laws from Queen’s University. She passed away at the age of 52 in 2010. A center for student success was opened posthumously in her name at the University of Saskatchewan.

Custodial history

Both Monture’s archival files, as well as an extensive collection of books (originally 5 metres) were left in her office for five years following her death. It is unknown who may have had access to these materials during this time, as is the degree to which these materials were used, removed, and re-arranged by others. Monture’s electronic files could not be retrieved.

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This fonds includes materials relating to Patricia Monture’s teaching, research, and professional activities on campus, as well as an extensive collection of materials relating to Indigenous rights, women’s rights, Indigenous women’s rights, the Canadian justice system, and how the Canadian justice system interacts with Aboriginal, female, and Aboriginal female offenders. The papers also explore issues of child welfare and domestic violence. A number of legal documents are included, as are materials relating to Indigenous self-governance, treaties, and the Indian Act. Also included are materials relating to Monture’s involvement in a number of national commissions including the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the task force on federally sentenced women, and the task force on the use of solitary confinement in federal prisons. Through Monture’s correspondence, it is possible to get a sense of what it was like working as an Indigenous woman in academia during this period.

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Patricia Monture’s preference for alphabetical subject-nominal arrangement has been maintained, and Subject-Nominal Series II comprises the bulk of the material. Where materials (such as her teaching materials, research materials, videos, and books) were kept separate from the subject-nominal files, separate series have been created.
Series I: Professional
A. Teaching
B. Research
C. Other
Series II: Subject-Nominal
Series III: Videos
Series IV: Books

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  • English

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