McLaughlin Lunch Talk highlights struggles of Indigenous women and children

Jennifer Brant

The McLaughlin College Lunch Talk series will continue on Oct. 25 with a presentation by Jennifer Brant, co-editor of Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada.

Jennifer Brant
Jennifer Brant

The presentation, titled “Bringing Honour to Our ‘Sisters in Spirit’”, takes place from noon to 1:30 pm in the Senior Common Room, 140 McLaughlin College.

Brant will present an overview of the book, and discuss the extent of this national tragedy facing Indigenous women and girls in Canada today. She will highlight the severity of the violence, positioning as a sociological phenomenon, and offering voices of grief and healing.

This talk extends the open invitation of the book for all Canadians to get involved in an informed national dialogue and work towards a future that promotes a safe place for Indigenous women and girls.

Brant belongs to the Tyendinaga Mohawk Nation with family ties to Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She is a mother of two boys and is currently completing her PhD in education with a focus on Indigenous and women-centred curriculum. She is the recipient of a doctoral fellowship from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

As a master’s student, Brant founded the Gidayaamin Indigenous Women’s Program in 2011. The program has successfully graduated two of the authors here today. She teaches in the Indigenous Studies program with a commitment to Indigenous community well-being and reconciliation through education. Brant’s work is inspired by her passion for Indigenous women’s literature as an educational tool to inspire empathy, compassion, healing, and wellness.

Everyone is welcome to attend the event. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Vicky Carnevale at ext. 33824 or