Muriel Stanley Venne, Métis, 1937-
She has been a leader in the Aboriginal and Métis communities of Alberta for over 30 years. Stanley Venne has an abiding belief in the strength and spirit of Aboriginal and Métis women – a conviction that is reflected in her long-standing commitment to advancing their status.She has worked as a human rights advocate and human rights commissioner, later diversifying her focus to better understand and assist her people. Stanley Venne served on the boards of numerous organizations, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation, is a lifetime member of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre, and was founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. Her tireless work has helped to break down stereotypes, fight racism and address the obstacles to equality for Aboriginal women, children and families. In 1996, she spearheaded the production of a publication on Aboriginal human rights and a booklet aimed at Aboriginal youth. She recently established the Social Justice Award to honour individuals who have done outstanding work for Aboriginal women. For her exceptional record of excellence as a human rights advocate, Stanley Venne has received numerous awards, including the Bowden Native Brotherhood Award, the Canadian Merit Award, Métis Woman of the Year, the 1998 Alberta Human Rights Award, the 2002 Queen’s Commemoration Medal, the Aboriginal Role Model Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2004, the National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Justice and Human Rights.
In 2005 Stanley Venne received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. In June of the same year she was named a Member of the Order of Canada. In February 2007 she was recognized as a Woman of Vision by Global Television. In November 2007 Canadian Ambassador McNee recognized her work at the United Nations citing her as a “Human Rights Defender” of the human rights issues pertaining to Aboriginal women, children and families. On September 2008 she was elected Vice President of the Métis Nation of Alberta.

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