Barbara Dumont- Hill
“Racism and oppression, when aimed at Indigenous peoples and any other identifiable group, have the effect of changing who a person is meant to be.”
Occupation: Canadian Justice Legal Team / National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
Barbara Dumont-Hill, a First Nation Algonquin, was born on the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Reserve. She is the tenth of 13 children, born to courageous Algonquin parents and she is descended from a long line of Anishinabeg. Barbara is Turtle Clan and has been following the red road for over 30 years. She has been working with several organizations including serving as a Grandmother with the 2015 Walking With Our Sisters memorial installation in Ottawa, with the RCMP Circle for Change, and most recently as Elder adviser to the Canadian Department of Justice legal team working with the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
Barbara is intent on educating Canadians about Indigenous history as a way to promote reconciliation. She continues to deepen her culture by studying her language, drumming and singing the songs that honour her ancestors. Barbara advocates open discussion among Canadians on how a life becomes fractured by racism, bias, hate and oppression.