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Women's Roles in Customary Governance In Canadian Indigenous Peoples

Paula LaPierre

I need assistance regarding the design of a data base and computer network system that would help track important imformation about the invisible indigenous women of the Anishnabe cultural complex that were lost from the registries because of the gender bias of Canadian Indian Act registration.

Capturing these lost women is important in three ways;

1) It restores a balanced understanding of the role that women played in indigenous societies in Canada which has a positive impact on the sense of well-being and right to participate to many women and other descendents that have been previously denied this basic right to know and exercise their heritage,

2) It gives a more accurate understanding of various aspects of the original societies, such as economic participation, social status within communities, women and land tenure systems of original societies, women and their responsibilities regarding water and other resources distribution, original ideas of community inclusion and inheritance rights or organic societies, which can influence contemporary land claim rights and sustainable devlopments,

3) It would give access to important intergenerational information that has been previously lost regarding health complications, intergenerational vulnerabilities, and accurate demographics that are not dependent on the current colonial constructs being used in Canada today.

Paula LaPierre
Principal sachem
Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation



Insha Allah's picture

Dear Paula, You are raising

Dear Paula,

You are raising an issue which is very imperative for our society. Indiginous women play an important role in their community. I hope someone or some organizations from your community which can use SPSS software will be able to help you.


Shwe Wutt Hmon

Paula LaPierre Kichesipirini Algonquin's picture

Thank you.

Thank you so much for your kind words Insha. You are right. Indigenous women have played important roles within their communities, and those influences continue to have positive effect throughout the human family. Identifying the positive roles would help us better plan for and monitor sustainable development.


Paula LaPierre
Principal Sachem
Kichesipirini Algonquin First Nation
Kichi Sibi Anishnabe
Culture is a pillar of sustainable development. Make certain then that is is culture with integrity.

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