Lynn is an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe from the Ottawa River Valley, Ontario, Canada. She describes herself as a learner-researcher, thinker, writer, Black Face blogger, and she has been an Indigenous human rights advocate for 25 years. Lynn works to eliminate the continued sex discrimination in the Indian Act, and she is also an outspoken critic of the contemporary land claims and self-government process. She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Master of Arts in Canadian and Native Studies, and an undergraduate degree in Anthropology. She also has a diploma in Chemical Technology and worked in the field of environmental science for 12 years in the area of toxic organic analysis of Ontario’s waterways. While advocating for change is currently part of what she does, she is also interested in traditional knowledge systems that guide the Anishinaabeg forward to a good life.
Along with many journal and community publications, she has three books:
Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts
The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process
Mkadengwe: Sharing Canada’s Colonial Process through Black Face Methodology
Video: Lynn Gehl, Ph.D on Indigenous Human Rights and Genocide
August 7, 2016
In 2012 the Canadian Museum of Human Rights interviewed Lynn Gehl, Ph.D Algonquin Anishinaabe about her human rights work regarding Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s unknown and unstated paternity policy where Indigenous children are denied Indian status registration and thus their treaty rights due to the lack of a father’s signature on their birth certificate.
This interview weaves together Canada’s constitutional beginnings established during the 1764 Treaty at Niagara, Indigenous Nations’ treaty rights, the Indian Act, Indian status registration, and Canada’s long term and ongoing genocide despite legislation and policy reform.
Parts 1 and 2 are posted here. Watch Parts 3 and 4 by clicking on the links listed here: