Dr. Lynn Gehl
Indigenous and First Nation Expert
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Dr. Lynn Gehl is an Indigenous Cultural Critic, Writer, Author and an organic analyst who has been an Indigenous human rights advocate for over 30 years. Dr. Lynn Gehl is known across Canada as an Algonquin Anishinaabe-kwe and an outspoken critic of colonial law and policies that harm Indigenous women, men, children, and the land and water.

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development & Growth

Speaker Types

  • Career Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Education & Teachers
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational

DR. LYNN GEHL BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Lynn Gehl is an Algonquin Anishinaabeg scholar, advocate, and artist. She is one of eight siblings and grew up in the projects of inner-city Toronto. She was born with a congenital disability where despite several surgeries and interventions today Lynn has a vision disability that affects many aspects of her life such as reading, writing, and walking. Lynn’s grandmother’s family was removed from her home community of Pikwakanagan First Nations because of sex discrimination in the Indian Act. Relegated to the confines of inner-city project living, growing up she experienced the worst of the human condition that manifest within racism, sexism, and ableism such as violence, poverty, a lack of safety, hunger, drugs, alcohol, and forced relocation.

Today Lynn’s work encompasses both hard core anti-colonial work and the celebration of Indigenous knowledge. She has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a Masters in Canadian Studies and Native Studies, a Bachelors in Cultural Anthropology (summa cum laude), and a community college diploma in Chemical Technology. During her graduate studies she was both an Ontario Graduate Scholar and a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Fellow.

In her twenties Lynn began her family oral research and archival research to have members of her ancestry entitled to Indian status registration. While her grandmother and father were eventually instated, she was denied. Lynn then turned to Canada’s court system to remedy Indian and Northern Affairs Canada’s violation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Through this court challenge the Department of Justice spent $1 million litigating against her on the matter of unknown and unstated paternity. After 30 years Lynn, in her late fifties, was finally registered as a status Indian, and is now in a more “central” place in her ancestral community of Pikwakanagan. While Gehl v Canada resulted in change in the Indian Act and the “Gehl remedy”, Lynn is ambivalent about her victory in part because she understands the power that the state had over her during this time, as well as fully understanding that the genocide continues in the form of both the Indian Act and the land claims process that is imposed on the Algonquin people.

Drawing on life experiences Lynn Gehl challenges Canada’s practices, policies, and laws of colonial genocide such as the Algonquin land claims and self-government process, sex-discrimination in the Indian Act on the matter of unknown and unstated paternity, Canada’s lack of policy and action addressing Indigenous women and girls with disabilities who are bigger targets of sexual violence, and the further destruction of Akikpautik / Chaudière Falls–an Anishinaabeg sacred place. As a non-production-oriented artist when Lynn feels like it, she weaves wampum belts, builds petro forms, beads feathers, creates collages, and paints.

Although due to a vision disability Lynn learned how to read and write at a later stage in life, she has four books. She also has several academic contributions in journals and chapters in books; 140 community contributions in magazines, websites, news papers, and op-eds; as well as 150 personal blogs. Lynn is frequently called upon as an expert by various media outlets to offer commentary on Indigenous issues. Lynn has also provided testimony to the Senate, the House of Commons, and the United Nations on the rights of Indigenous women and girls regarding unknown and unstated paternity and the matter of Indigenous women and girls with disabilities who are bigger targets of sexual violence

Debwewin Journey

  • This talk reviews the long history of discrimination in the Indian Act and the history of Indigenous women challenging it. She discusses the creation of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms and Canada’s process of amending the Indian Act in 1985 to bring it in line with section 15, yet instead of eliminating the discrimination Canada created new forms of sex discrimination.

    In Gehl v Canada Lynn tells the story of when she challenged the specific matter of unknown and unstated paternity where after 23 years of being tangled and trapped in Canada’s court system it was ruled by the Ontario Court of Appeal that she was entitled to a lesser form of Indian status. Within this discussion she fleshes out two constructs she created to challenge the nation state’s hegemonic power: The Indigenous Famous Five which evolved into the Indigenous Famous Six and “6(1)a All the Way!”. In this talk she reveals her deepest insights about power and Canada’s legal system as a way of coming to truth.

  • Keynote Presentation

Indigenous Knowledge vs Western Knowledge

  • Many people have difficulty understanding the treaty process in Canada and how it shifted (read slithered) into the land claims process. With this, many people wonder if the current land claims process really is a modern treaty process that respects Indigenous rights as laid out in the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous people.

    While the Algonquin Anishinaabeg of what is now called the Ottawa River Valley are the host of Canada the nation state, the Algonquin were denied a treaty during the historic treaty process yet our ancestors were present at the 1764 Treaty at Niagara and submitted their first land petition in 1776. In this talk Lynn draws on her first-person experience as an Algonquin and our history to illustrate that colonial genocide continues today.

  • Keynote Presentation

Gehl v Canada: Unknown and Unstated Paternity and the Indian Act

  • Drawing on personal experience once situated in a decades long Charter challenge regarding sex discrimination in the Indian Act, situated within the Ontario Algonquin land claims process, as well as living with a vision disability this talk draws on materials created intended to critically inform and guide settler people and their descendants in their role and practices of reconciliation.

    Lynn draws on the “The Ally Bill of Responsibilities”, and “A Colonized Ally Meets a Decolonized Ally: This is What They Learned” where the goal is moving people to critically think about structures of power beyond ‘meaningless actions’ and into the direction of ‘critically aware genuine actions’. All Beings and all people require clean land, water, and air where as such we all must reconcile our relationship between the Earth and greater cosmos through standing behind Indigenous people and their knowledge paradigm.

  • Keynote Presentation

Introduction to the Treaty and Land Claims Process

  • Black feminist thought created the concept “intersectionality” as a measure to help people understand the difficulties of living under more than one layer of structural oppression such as both sexism and racism. This talk begins with a discussion of what the concept means cognitively, and also what it means at the level of practice in terms of encountering people who are intersectionally oppressed and in terms of direction at the level of social justice. From this place of understanding the discussion will then shift to the matter of Indigenous women and girls with disabilities (IWagWid) who are disturbingly bigger targets of sexual assault.

    Drawing on the Gehl Report (2021) the issues discussed will include: a discussion of the cause of disability; the limitations of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; a statistical snapshot of both their higher rates of disabilities and higher rates of sexual assault; a summary of all previous recommendations; and the call for a political model of disability which demands Canada do better in serving IWagWid. This discussion will be inclusive of Lynn’s recent United Nations written and oral submission during the “79th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Seeking Input on the Rights of Indigenous Women”.

  • Keynote Presentation

Allyship and Reconcil-iation

  • Drawing on personal experience once situated in a decades long Charter challenge regarding sex discrimination in the Indian Act, situated within the Ontario Algonquin land claims process, as well as living with a vision disability this talk draws on materials created intended to critically inform and guide settler people and their descendants in their role and practices of reconciliation. I will draw on “The Ally Bill of Responsibilities”, and “A Colonized Ally Meets a Decolonized Ally: This is What They Learned” where the goal is moving people to critically think about structures of power beyond ‘meaningless actions’ and into the direction of ‘critically aware genuine actions’. All Beings and all people require clean land, water, and air where as such we all must reconcile our relationship between the Earth and greater cosmos through standing behind Indigenous people and their knowledge paradigm.

  • Keynote Presentation

Intersectionality and Indigenous Women and Girls with Disabilities

  • Black feminist thought created the concept “intersectionality” as a measure to help people understand the difficulties of living under more than one layer of structural oppression such as both sexism and racism. This talk begins with a discussion of what the concept means cognitively, and also what it means at the level of practice in terms of encountering people who are intersectionally oppressed and in terms of direction at the level of social justice. From this place of understanding the discussion will then shift to the matter of Indigenous women and girls with disabilities (IWagWid) who are disturbingly bigger targets of sexual assault. Drawing on the Gehl Report (2021) the issues discussed will include: a discussion of the cause of disability; the limitations of the national inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls; a statistical snapshot of both their higher rates of disabilities and higher rates of sexual assault; a summary of all previous recommendations; and the call for a political model of disability which demands Canada do better in serving IWagWid. This discussion will be inclusive of Lynn’s recent United Nations written and oral submission during the “79th Session of the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women Seeking Input on the Rights of Indigenous Women”.

  • Keynote Presentation

What a humbling honour and privilege to be able to read Dr. Gehl’s profound and wise contribution and take her direction regarding the vital action required of all who are committed to promoting equality and justice.

Kim Pate

Senator

Congratulations are due to Dr. Lynn Gehl for her successful challenge of the Indian Registrar’s refusal to allow her to be registered under the Indian Act. The refusal was based on the fact that because Lynn could not prove who her paternal grandfather was or that he was entitled to be registered, she could not be registered.

The Court of Appeal for Ontario found that requiring her to prove the unprovable (the name of her ancestor) was unreasonable and that there was circumstantial evidence showing that he was ‘likely’ an Indian and a member of the community. On that basis she had established all she could or needed to, and it was unreasonable of the Registrar to demand more. The majority of the judges declined to strike out the requirement as a breach of the equality rights provision of the Charter, because they didn’t have to in order to rule in her favour. Good win, Lynn!”

Murray Sinclair

The Honourable

Gehl is at the cutting edge with her concepts and ideas. She is on a journey and she documents it well.

Lorelei Anne Lambert

Gehl embodies essential Indigenous wisdom, bravery, and responsibility in her work to dismantle the systems of colonial oppression. Her work serves as a beacon in a network of pathways for our people to make their way home.

Wendy Jocko

Chief

Algonquins of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation

A remarkable monument in Indigenous struggles with the Colonial Crown.

Dr. Veldon Coburn

Algonquin

Institute of Indigenous Research and Studies, University of Ottawa

IN THE MEDIA

PODCASTS

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MEDIA INTERVIEWS

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Dr. Lynn Gehl CAN DELIVER CUSTOMIZED PRESENTATIONS WITHIN THE FOLLOWING AREAS OF EXPERTISE & TOPIC THEMES

Expertise in

  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Leadership
  • Personal Development & Growth

Speaker Types

  • Career Development
  • Conference Keynote
  • Education & Teachers
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
  • Indigenous
  • Inspirational
  • Lifestyle & Health
  • Motivation
  • Politics & Government
  • Racial Justice
  • Social Justice & Human Rights
  • Women of Influence
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