Decolonization and Indigenous Rights

During Daughters of the Vote, 68 Indigenous delegates took their place in the House of Commons. With the sounding of drumming and a women’s warrior song, they started the historic sitting on March 8, 2017.

Delegates, both those who are Indigenous and those who are not, have identified the issue of Indigenous rights and decolonization as important to them. In the wake of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and during the Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, these issues are critical to our country’s future.

Daughters of the Vote from coast to coast to coast are already working to change education curriculum, to improve party platforms and engage in teaching and reconciliation. 

Two delegates have been selected to help capture the expertise and experiences of Daughters of the Vote and to collect and share information and resources to support other young women in making change. 

Ally Freedman, Ottawa Centre

Ally is a sixth-generation Métis woman with experience bringing an Indigenous perspective to diverse fields and serving as an advocate for Indigenous people. Currently, she works with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada promoting the hiring of qualified Indigenous applicants to all levels of the public service. Ally also volunteers with the Urban Aboriginal Alternative High School, and has worked alongside her father to educate and train those in the private and public sector about Indigenous people. She also has an educational background in reconciliation, colonization, residential schools, the 60s scoop, and child protective services. 

Dani Lanouette, Ottawa Vanier

Dani is an anishinaabe kwe from Neyaashiinigmiing, Ontario and Algonquins of Barrier Lake, Quebec, and is part of the Otter clan. Dani advocated for Indigenous studies classes at her high school and was successful in having Indigenous studies classes implemented in all secondary schools in the Ottawa Catholic School Board.  She has an education background in Aboriginal Studies and plans on pursuing a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Indigenous Studies. She is also a volunteer with Canadian Roots Exchange, a non-profit focused on decolonization and bridging the gap between Indigenous and non-indigenous youth, including facilitating workshops and blanket exercises and leading youth exchanges in Kuujjuaq, Nunavik, Quebec.



DOV Highlights: Where are they now?


Jordyn Playne was is a DOV delegate representing Simcoe North, Ontario. Since DOV, Jordyn has graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University.


“While attending I had the opportunity to meet so many driven and motivated young women from around the country,” said Jordyn. “ Because of that experience I’ve since dedicated most of my time to working at a Violence Against Women's organization in the nation’s capital. I accredit DOV for lighting a fire within me to now work one on one with marginalized women fleeing violence.”


Jordyn is a long term women’s counsellor for indigenous women.


Women come into the organization wishing to address a number of concerns ranging from intergenerational trauma, addictions, fleeing violence,” said the counsellor.  “I provide culturally relevant services in order to help women along their healing journey. I absolutely love the work I do, the strength and courage the women I work with exhibit is extraordinary. The most reward part of the wok I do hands how has to be when the women see the value in themselves that you’ve seen all along.”


This fall, Jordyn will return to school to earn a Master’s of Social Work in the aboriginal field of study at Laurier University.

DOV gave me the opportunity to connect and learn from so many inspiring and influential women from around the nation. In turn it opened my eyes to the many issues that not only we as Indigenous women face but all women face,” recalled the daughter of her experience.

August 10, 2018 3:10 PM

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