The Life and Legacy of Muriel Stanley Venne

A Métis Matriarch

By (author): Christine Mowat
ISBN 9781772033410
Softcover | Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in. x 8.5 in.
288 Pages
$29.95 CAD

About the Book

The inspiring biography of Muriel Stanley Venne, a lifelong activist, community leader, and tireless advocate for Indigenous and women’s rights, set within the context of landmark legislative and national movements towards truth and reconciliation over the past three decades.

About the Author(s)

Christine Mowat is an educator, writer, curriculum developer, plain language specialist, and co-founder of Wordsmith Associates Communications Consultants. She has designed and taught plain language courses for every level of government in Canada, for educational institutions in Alberta, and for organizations and corporations across Canada. In 2009, Christine received a lifetime achievement award from the Plain Language Association InterNational. In 2011, PLAIN recognized Christine’s outstanding contribution by renaming this award the Christine Mowat Plain Language Achievement Award. She is a member of Muriel Stanley Venne’s Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women.

Born in Lamont, Alberta, to a Métis family of ten children, Muriel Stanley Venne is a champion of human rights, whose career has spanned nearly fifty years. Her work has advanced the fair treatment of Indigenous Peoples within all levels of society, focusing primarily on the promotion of women’s rights. Her activist path began when former Premier Peter Lougheed appointed her as commissioner to the Alberta Human Rights Commission in 1973. In 1994, she founded the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW). She has been recognized by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and has received numerous awards for her tireless advocacy, including the Alberta Human Rights Award, the Order of Canada, the Governor General’s Commemorative Medal for the Person’s Case, and Queen Elizabeth II’s Gold and Diamond Jubilee Medals.