History Unfinished. Yesterday. Today. Tomorrow.


We strive to be a gateway, encouraging the discovery of women's history in Canada from an intersectional and inter-generational perspective.

We stand on the shoulders of achievers, activists and advocates from recent and past history. Let's celebrate their successes and the journeys they travelled. 

We are partnering with the Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW) to deliver a series of  virtual events in 2022 that will explore women’s history, equality, and the role women played in Canada’s evolution.

We want to lift history from the pages of journals, books, and papers to create a library of short and long-form productions. If you have ideas for a three minute short documentary or a 15-minute video podcast, please contact us for more information.

History Unfinished: Reclaiming Our Place

Staging the second event in the History Unfinished series, Reclaiming our Place, is a virtual Indigenous Women’s Circle to celebrate Indigenous women activists,
Indigenous women chiefs and storytellers

Monday, June 20, 2022
4:00pm - 6:00pm.

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Registration is free, donations are welcome.

Sponsored by 

Canadian Research Institute on the Advancement of Women (CRIAW)





Dawn Lavell-Harvard will be hosting this 2-hour event honouring Indigenous women leaders and storytellers. Speakers will highlight their personal journeys as part of this National Aboriginal Day special. In the first hour, this online event will combine 5-minute pre-recorded videos with live storytelling.  After a short break, special guests will  participate in the a Q&A session




This event will be of interest to community leaders, advocates and activists who are interested in the women’s equality movement and Indigenous activism as well as women that are tangentially interested in history and reconciliation. 



Dr. Dawn Lavell Harvard, Ph.D., is a member of the Wiikwemkoong First Nation, on Manitoulin Island, the first Aboriginal Trudeau Scholar, and has worked to advance the rights of Aboriginal women as the President of the Ontario Native Women's Association, 2003-2022. After serving as Vice-president of the Native Women’s Association of Canada for three years, Dawn was elected National President in 2015. After fulfilling her promise to see the MMIWG Inquiry initiated, in 2016, Dawn left her role as National Leader and took on the role of Director at the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University.


Courtney Montour, Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) filmmaker, ‘Mary Two Axe Earley: I am Indian Again’

The Hon. Lillian Dyck, O.C., retired Senator, member of the Cree Gordon First Nation

Sharon McIvor, Member of the Lower Nicola Band, Aboriginal women’s rights activist, Co-Chair of the Feminist Alliance for International Action

Jeanette Corbiere Lavell, Wikwemiknog First Nation, educator, advocate and founding member of the Ontario Native Women’s Association (ONWA)

Chief Emily Whetung, Anishnaabe Kwe, Curve Lake First Nation, lawyer

Pam Palmater, Mi'kmaq lawyer, professor, activist


"It was the women’s movement in the sixties that forced the government to create the Royal Commission on the Status of Women. Substantial progress has been made since then. But not all women have been made to feel included and there is still so much to do. Learning about the past is good and mobilizing more people to make changes today even better."

Hon. Monique Bégin

Former Executive Secretary

Royal Commission on the Status of Women and former Minister of Health and Welfare, 1980-84

"Our history resonates best when we can all see ourselves in the telling of it. The Women’s History Project has a vital role to play in enriching our understanding of the lived experiences of women in the past, and so inspiring young emerging female leaders to pursue their full potential as change-makers for today and tomorrow." 

 Deborah Morrison

CEO and President

Experiences Canada

"The Production Fund is an innovative opportunity for students and emerging filmmakers to play a part in the country’s history.Telling stories in a creative and innovative way will draw attention to the trailblazers who contributed to the fabric of our society." 

 Elizabeth McDonald

Retired President

Canadian Media Producers’ Association

Former Board Member

The Canadian Media Fund