Roberta L. Jamieson to Deliver Margaret Laurence Lecture at Trent University


CEO of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation to discuss Aboriginal women and peace

Tuesday, January 11, 2011, Peterborough

The twenty-first annual Margaret Laurence Lecture, entitled “Aboriginal Women and Peace -Challenges and Contributions - a Personal Perspective,” will take place at 7:30 p.m. on January 18 in Champlain College Lecture Hall CCS 307 at Trent University.

"Ms. Jamieson was the recipient of an honorary doctorate at Trent's 2006 convocation, and gave an inspirational address to our graduates. We are thrilled to have her return to Trent," says Dr. Colleen O'Manique, chair of the Women’s Studies Department.

Ms. Jamieson is a Mohawk woman from the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory where she has resided throughout her life. She is known in Canada and internationally as a leader, visionary and skilled mediator.

Appointed CEO and president of the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation in 2004, Ms. Jamieson is dedicated to realizing the educational potential of First Nation, Métis, and Inuit youth. Prior to her current appointment, Ms. Jamieson was Commissioner of the Indian Commission of Ontario and for ten years, Ombudsman of Ontario. Ms. Jamieson is a member of the Order of Canada, has received the National Aboriginal Achievement Award and the Indigenous Bar Association’s Indigenous Peoples Council Award (IPC). In 2009, she was for the second time given the Women’s Executive Network Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

The Margaret Laurence Lecture is an annual public lecture, funded by the Margaret Laurence Lecture fund and the Canadian Studies Directorate, Heritage Canada. It is intended to bring a distinguished speaker to Trent to address a topic related to Margaret Laurence's own intellectual and political passions, specifically women's involvement in peace, ecology, literature, and / or feminism.

This event is free and open to the public.


For more information, please contact: Colleen O'Manique, associate professor and chair, Women's Studies Department, (705) 748-1011 x 7966,