Please join LEAF Edmonton for its 35th Persons Day Breakfast – this year over Zoom

About this Event

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Val Napoleon. In her talk entitled “Contested Legal Personalities: Indigenous Women”, she will explore how the combined conditions of violence as well as the various responses to sexualized, gendered violence have shaped the present day legal personhood of Indigenous women and girls from an Indigenous legal perspective and from a Canadian legal perspective. Dr. Napoleon will address the agency of Indigenous women and girls, meaning their capacity of will, mind, spirit, and humanity. This is personhood in its fullest possible conception, and it is societal denial of that agency that fosters and enables their relentless sexist dehumanization.

Dr. Val Napoleon is the Law Foundation Professor of Aboriginal Justice and Governance at the University of Victoria Faculty of Law. She is from northeast British Columbia (Treaty 8) and a member of Saulteau First Nation. She is also an adopted member of the Gitanyow (Gitksan) House of Luuxhon, Ganada (Frog) Clan. Prior to joining the Faculty of Law at UVic, Dr. Napoleon was an associate professor cross appointed with the faculties of Native Studies and Law at the University of Alberta.

Please join us for this 35th annual celebration of Persons Day. LEAF Edmonton has held a breakfast every year since 1985, the year LEAF incorporated and section 15 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force.  Your support of this event allows the organization to continue its important mission nationally and at the local level. For any questions, please contact

*Please note, you do not need a Zoom account to participate, but should you have one, we recommend registering your ticket using the same e-mail address you use for Zoom.

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