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The Patricia A. Monture Doctoral Scholarship 

Empowering a new generation of leading Indigenous scholars in Canada. 

OISE is embarking on one of the most important fundraising campaigns in its history to create a scholarship in support of Indigenous scholars in social justice education. 

Be a part of this historic campaign. Make a Gift.


Impact of Your Gift

With your support, we would generate an annual scholarship to support Indigenous doctoral students pursuing social justice education. 

Join us in contributing to this campaign, not just because our recipients are great scholars, but because they are change agents, inspirational role models, and are poised to redefine Indigenous-led Indigenous education. Donate online.

The Scholarship

OISE’s Department of Social Justice Education  invites investment for an endowed award in memory of Patricia A. Monture, a champion of Indigenous social justice. 

Trish (Aywahande — “the one who speaks first”) was a Kanien’kehá:ka educator, lawyer, and activist from the Six Nations at Grand River Territory. As a Professor at the Universities of Ottawa and Saskatchewan, she was a leading scholar of Indigenous rights, law, governance, and feminism and made a significant contribution to social justice education. Trish passed away in 2010 leaving behind a large extended family, many friends and colleagues as well as an impressive body of scholarship and activist engagement. 

The Patricia A. Monture Scholarship will be available to Indigenous doctoral students of high academic achievement showing a commitment to critical interventions in Indigenous studies and Indigenous community development. These scholars will build our collective knowledge of the impact of colonization on current students’ success and provide academic role models for future generations.

Patricia A. Monture's Legacy

Patricia Monture was a lifelong advocate for social justice education. She worked to develop and enhance a shared sense of commitment and collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students and colleagues aimed at colonial reparations and the rejuvenation of original nation-to-nation and treaty principles. 

As a mentor to numerous young people – especially Indigenous students of law, criminology, and sociology she worked to facilitate a resurgence of theorizing colonial reparations and change, particularly as they relate to gender, incarceration, and research of indigenous peoples.  

She was also the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, and three books: Thunder In My Soul: A  Mohawk Woman Speaks (1999), Journeying Forward:  Dreaming First Nations Independence (2009), and (with Patricia McGuire) First Voices: An Aboriginal Women’s Reader (2009). Her contribution to the advancement of women was recognized in 2007 when she received the Sarah Shorten Award from the  Canadian Association of University Teachers. 

OISE's Commitment to the TRC

OISE is Canada’s largest, most research-intensive faculty of education, and ranks among the top ten faculties of education in the world. 

OISE recently redoubled its commitment to Indigenous education by supporting the Calls to Action of Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) across the University of Toronto. 

The TRC highlights the unique role higher education plays in rebuilding the relationship between Indigenous peoples and Canadian society. 

OISE acknowledges the importance of education that advances understanding of our shared history, actively supports Indigenous languages and culture, and creates opportunities to engage in ethical and respectful dialogue on our shared future together. 

Trish Monture and friends Trish monture queens university portrait






"Thanks for keeping my mom's name alive and empowering people to continue the work she believed in."

– Justin Brant Monture, Son of Patricia A. Monture


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