Dr. Lynn Gehl

Dr. Lynn Gehl

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Peterborough, Ontario

Indigenous Knowledge Keeper | Treaty Rights | Land Claims | Access & Inclusivity Expert

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DR. LYNN GEHL BIOGRAPHY

Dr. Lynn Gehl was a recipient of the 2022 Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of Persons Day. She is also the recipient of the 2023 ReconciliAtion Award from Peterborough’s Community and Race Relations Committee and the Kawartha Truth and Reconciliation Support Group.

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. Dr. Lynn Gehl was born with a congenital disability and despite several surgeries and interventions today Lynn has a vision disability that affects many aspects of her life such as reading, writing, and walking. Dr. Lynn Gehl’s grandmother’s family was removed from her home community of Pikwakanagan First Nation because of sex discrimination in the Indian Act.

Relegated to the confines of inner-city project living, growing up Dr. Lynn Gehl experienced the worst of the human condition that manifests within racism, sexism, and ableism such as violence, poverty, a lack of safety, hunger, drugs, alcohol, and forced relocation. Today Dr. Lynn Gehl’s work encompasses both hard-core anti-colonial work and the joyful celebration of Indigenous knowledge. Dr. Lynn Gehl has a doctorate in Indigenous Studies, a master’s in Canadian Studies and Native Studies, a bachelor’s 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, Dr. Lynn Gehl 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 Charter of Rights and Freedoms violation. 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 Dr. Lynn Gehl, 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 First Nation. While Gehl v Canada resulted in a 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 she fully understands 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 Dr. 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 Dr. Lynn Gehl feels like it, she weaves wampum belts, builds petro forms, beads feathers, creates collages, and paints.

Although due to a vision disability, Dr. Lynn learned how to read and write at a later stage in life, Dr. Lynn Gehl has four books. She also has several academic contributions in journals and book chapters; 140 community contributions in magazines, websites, newspapers, and op-eds; and 150 personal blogs. Lynn is frequently called upon as an expert by various media outlets to offer commentary on Indigenous issues. Dr. Lynn Gehl 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.

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GEHL V CANADA - CHALLENGING SEX DISCRIMINATION IN THE INDIAN ACT
GEHL V CANADA - CHALLENGING SEX DISCRIMINATION IN THE INDIAN ACT
A follow-up to Claiming Anishinaabe, Gehl v Canada is the story of Lynn Gehl’s lifelong journey of survival against the nation-state’s constant genocidal assault against her existence. While Canada set up its colonial powers—including the Supreme Court, House of Commons, Senate Chamber, and...
Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit (2017)
Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit (2017)
Denied her Indigenous status, Lynn Gehl has been fighting her entire life to reclaim mino-pimadiziwin--the good life. Exploring Anishinaabeg philosophy and Anishinaabeg conceptions of truth, Gehl shows how she came to locate her spirit and decolonize her identity, thereby becoming, in her words,...
The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process (2014)
The Truth that Wampum Tells: My Debwewin on the Algonquin Land Claims Process (2014)
In commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the Treaty at Niagara, The Truth that Wampum Tells offers readers a first-ever insider analysis of the contemporary land claims and self-government process in Canada. Incorporating an analysis of traditional symbolic literacy known as wampum diplomacy,...
Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts
Anishinaabeg Stories: Featuring Petroglyphs, Petrographs, and Wampum Belts
This code cracking book is written for people who wish to become culturally literate in the Anishinaabe worldview. This book is suitable for both Anishinaabeg and settler allies seeking greater understanding of a worldview, tradition, and knowledge philosophy once criminalized by the Canadian...

Articles & Media

Idle No More: Women Leading Action for Indigenous Rights in Canada

AWID

Idle No More (INM) is a Canadian resistance and protest indigenous people’s movement that kicked off last year. AWID spoke with Dr. Lynn Gehl* (Gii-Zhigaate Mnidookwe), an indigenous human rights advocate, about the movement.
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Dr Gehl wins appeal in Indian Act sex discrimination case

Olthuis Kleer Townshend LLP.

Gehl v Canada (Attorney General) is the latest in a long string of challenges to sex discrimination in the provisions of the Indian Act that govern entitlement to be registered under the Act – often called “Indian status”.
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Dare to Rethink Your Preconceptions of Indigenous People, Says Author

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Lynn Gehl’s latest book, Claiming Anishinaabe: Decolonizing the Human Spirit, invites readers on a conceptual journey to rethink identity, Indigenous knowledge and contradictory Canadian laws. Anchored in Gehl’s personal search for spirit, her work aims to fill in gaps between Indigenous and non-Indigenous ways of thinking.
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Lynn Gehl, of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, honoured by Governor General

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A member of the Pikwàkanagàn First Nation is being honoured by Canada’s Governor General. But true to her fighting spirit, Lynn Gehl doesn’t plan on sitting back after accepting the award. She plans to continue raising awareness of Indigenous issues, as she doesn’t feel reconciliation has been achieved.
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Dr. Lynn Gehl Topic Presentations

Algonquin Anishinnaabeg of the Ottawa River Valley: An Introduction.

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  • Due to Canada’s national narrative promulgated through state power gained through pilfering Indigenous land and resources  no less, many settler people and their descendants have been socialized into believing and worshipping a fiction. That being, that Canada rests on two founding nations: the British and French. This is a bold faced lie.  The reality is, that at the heart of Canada, rests the Algonquin Anishinaabeg and our traditional territory. Canada’s parliament buildings, supreme court, governor general’s residence, prime minister’s home, and most of its national galleries illegally squat on unceded Algonquin territory. This being the case while the Algonquin continue to be divided through the federal-provincial order, continue to live in squalor, and continue to be denied their land and resources in such a way that mino-pimadiziwin is not obtainable.

    Using maps and drawing from personal experience this presentation will open a window into understanding: The land and waterscapes that the Algonquin occupied at the time of European contact; Who the Algonquin were at the time of contact; The history of the French and British denial of Algonquin rights; The peace treaty relationships the Algonquin entered into with the British and how the British violated these relationships; An introduction to the Algonquin land claims process in Ontario; The continued desecration of Algonquin sacred places; And finally add commentary about the latest forked-tongue rhetoric of “nation to nation” and “reconciliation”.

Debwewin Journey: Understanding the Intelligence of the Heart

Indigenous Knowledge Vs Western Knowledge

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

Introduction To the Treaty and Land Claims Process

Allyship and Reconciliation

Intersectionality and Indigenous Women and Girls With Disabilities

Creator's First Sacred Pipe (also Known As Akikpautik / Pipe Bowl Falls / Chaudière Falls)

Testimonials

What a humbling honour and privilege to be able to read Dr. Lynn 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...

Murray Sinclair

The Honourable

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

Lorelei Anne Lambert

I am so grateful to have been able to sit with Lynn to learn more about Algonquin knowledge, history and ways of being. As an Algonquin Kwe, I am humbled to know Lynn provided essential learning to staff at the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. Educators are looking for ways to include Algonquin perspectives and knowledge in their classrooms and Lynn was able to provide context and content to support them in doing this. The research, presentation and sharing Lynn provided was very much appreciated and valued. Chi-Miigwech Lynn!

Jody Kohoko

Having the opportunity to hear Dr. Gehl speak about the rich history and contemporary perspectives of the Algonquin has further opened my eyes to the deep learning that we all have a responsibility to. Her approach is engaging; feedback from educators was unanimously positive. Her talk and Q&A enriched our understanding for what and how to centre Algonquin voices in K-12 education. Dr. Gehl’s work is very important in learning the truths that must precede, and be the foundation of, reconciliation. She offers very important accounts, understandings, ideas, and perspectives that can inform us all. We look forward to continuing to learn from Dr Gehl.

Kyl Morrison

Indigenous Education Instructional Coach K-12
unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin Territory

We were so, so grateful to have you join us. You are a gifted speaker. I hope your travel home went well and I look forward to meeting again!

Lindsey Kirby-McGregor

Program Manager Indigenous Relations - Indigenous Relations Branch
City of Ottawa

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