Written over the course of four years of interviews and research, The Life and Legacy of Muriel Stanley Venne is the first authorized biography of this remarkable Métis matriarch and community leader. Born in Lamont, Alberta, as the oldest of ten children, Venne has dedicated her life to promoting the rights of Indigenous women.
While her life has been filled with both hardships and triumphs, Venne’s crowning achievement has been the founding of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women (IAAW), the Edmonton-based nonprofit organization that she ran for a quarter of a century. One of the first organizations of its kind to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada, IAAW recognizes the societal obstacles and dangers that Indigenous women disproportionately face. Venne’s advocacy work has contributed greatly to the national conversation surrounding Indigenous Peoples, particularly issues of systemic racism, the intergenerational effects of residential school abuse, and the Sixties Scoop. This book places Venne’s life in the context of these issues, and highlights recent groundbreaking legislation that her work has contributed to.