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Women from coast to coast to coast have helped shape the country we live in. The interactive map below connects each of the Women of Impact in Canada to a geographical area of Canada associated with her personal or professional history. Explore the stories of remarkable women from your province or territory and those from other regions across Canada.

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Women of Impact

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City

Port Alberni, British Columbia

Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell, Canada's first woman
prime minister, was born in 1947 in
Port Alberni.

Victoria, British Columbia

Raven Lacerte Emily Carr Nell Shipman

Advocate Raven Lacerte, co-founder of the Moose Hide Campaign,
is based in Victoria. Emily Carr, iconic painter and writer, and
Nell Shipman, a pioneer in filmmaking, were both born in Victoria.

Vancouver, British Columbia

Rosemary Brown Jennifer Gardy Karina Hayat Joy Kogawa Elsie Gregory MacGill Hide Hyodo Shimizu

Politician Rosemary Brown, scientist Jennifer Gardy, entrepeneur Karina Hayat,
writer Joy Kogawa, aircraft designer Elsie MacGill, educator and activist
Hide Hyodo Shimizu and social activist Nellie Yip Quong have all called
Vancouver home.

Burns Lake, British Columbia

Cindy Blackstock

Cindy Blackstrock, Indigenous children’s rights
advocate and member of the Gitxsan First Nation,
was born in Burns Lake.

Chehalis, British Columbia

Rose Charlie

Rose Charlie, a Sts'Ailes chief
and Indigenous leader, was born on the
Chehalis Reserve.

Surrey, British Columbia

Rita Johnston

Rita Johnston, Canada's first woman
premier, began her political career
in Surrey.

Calgary, Alberta

Elizabeth Cannon

Geomatics engineering expert
Elizabeth Cannon was the first woman to lead the University of Calgary as its president.

Edmonton, Alberta

Muriel Stanlsy Venne

Muriel Stanlsy Vennehas dedicated more than four decades
advocating for equality for Indigenous women and children.
She is the first Indigenous woman to have a provincial
government building named for her, the Muriel Stanley
Venne Provincial Centre in Edmonton.

Medicine Hat, Alberta

Doris Anderson

Journalist, editor and feminist author
Doris Anderson was born in Medicine Hat,
but spent most of her working life in Toronto.

Saddle Lake Cree Nation, Alberta

Nellie Carlson

Nellie Carlson, born on Saddle Lake
Cree Nation, is a tireless promoter
of Indigenous women's rights.

Fort MacLeod, Alberta

Joni Mitchell

Legendary singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell
was born in Fort MacLeod.

Limerick, Saskatchewan

Lila Fahlman

Lila Fahlman, celebrated educator and
social justice advocate, was born in Limerick.

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Sylvia Fedoruk Alaa Burabit

Sylvia Fedoruk, Canadian physicist and medical
researcher spent her career working in
Saskatoon. Physician and international peace
advocate Alaa Murabit grew up in Saskatoon.

Muskeg Lake Cree Nation, Saskatchewan

Mary Greyeyes-Reid

Mary Greyeyes-Reid, the first Indigenous
woman to join the Canadian Army, was born
on the Muskeg Lake Cree Nation.

Piapot Cree First Nation, Saskatchewan

Buffy Sainte-Marie

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie
was born on the Piapot Cree First Nation reserve
in the Qu'Appelle Valley.

Prud'homme, Saskatchewan

Jeanne Sauvé

While Jeanne Sauvé's distinguished career
is strongly associated with Quebec, the former
Governor General was born in Prud'homme.

Canora, Saskatchewan

Sarah Ramsland Scythes

Politician Sarah Scythes was born and
raised in Minnesota, settling near Canora in 1907.

Winnipeg, Manitoba

Cora Hind

Journalist Cora Hind moved to Winnipeg
in 1882, and soon became a correspondent
for the Manitoba Free Press.

Neepawa, Manitoba

Margaret Laurence

Novelist Margaret Laurence, author of
Canadian classics The Stone Angel
and The Diviners, was born in Neepawa.

Thompson, Manitoba

Kate Rice

Explorer and prospector Kate Rice's copper and nickel discoveries
led to the creation of the mining hub in Thompson.

Saint Boniface, Manitoba

Marie-Anne Gaboury Gabrielle Roy

Marie-Anne Gaboury, Canada’s first woman voyageur, spent
her final years in St. Boniface, which is also the birthplace of
French-Canadian writer Gabrielle Roy..

Steinbach, Manitoba

Miriam Toews

Author Miriam Toews was born in
Steinbach, leaving for Winnipeg at age 18.

Toronto, Ontario

Rosalie Abella Cheryl Arrowsmith Kit Coleman Ursula Martius Franklin Emily Howard Stowe Judy Rebick Abby Hoffman

Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Abella, researcher Cheryl Arrowsmith,
journalist and war correspondent Kit Coleman, physicist and professor
Ursula Franklin, Olympian Abby Hoffman, physician and feminist
Emily Howard Stowe, and journalist and activist July Rebick have
all called Toronto home.

Ottawa, Ontario

Margaret Atwood Adrienne Clarkson Lotta Hitschmanova Mona Nemer

Margaret Atwood – world-renowned novelist was
born in Ottawa. Adrienne Clarkson, the 26th
Governor General came to Ottawa in 1942. Humanitarian
Lotta Hitschmanova dedicated >her life to USC Canada,
headquartered in Ottawa. Mona Nemer was a researcher
at the University of Ottawa before being appointed
Canada’s Chief Science Advisor.

Mariposa Township, Ontario

Elizabeth Bagshaw

Elizabeth Bagshaw, advocate for women's
reproductive health, grew up in
Mariposa Township in rural Ontario.

Hamilton, Ontario

May Cohen Ellen Fairclough

Physician May Cohen co-founded the first-ever
Women's Health Office at McMaster University
in Hamilton.
Politician Ellen Fairclough was born in Hamilton.

Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario

Roberta Bondar

Roberta Bondar, space explorer and neurologist
grew up in Sault Ste. Marie.

Wikwemikong First Nation, Ontario

Jeannette Corbiere Lavell

Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, Indigenous women's
rights advocate, was born into the Wikwemikong First Nation
on Manitoulin Island.

Windsor, Ontario

Mary Ann Shadd Cary Wafa Dabbagh

Mary Ann Shadd Cary, abolitionist and
publisher opened a racially
integrated school in Windsor. Wafa Dabbagh,
a pioneer in the Canadian Armed Forces,
began her career by mistakenly walking into
a Windsor recruiting centre.

Webbwood, Ontario

Barbara McCallum Hanley

Barbara Hanley was the first woman
mayor in Canada when she was elected in
Webbwood in 1936.

Exeter, Ontario

Harriet Brooks

Harriet Brooks, pioneering physicist and student
of Sir Ernest Rutherford, was born in Exeter.

Six Nations Reserve, Ontario

Emily Pauline Johnson

Emily Pauline Johnson, writer and entertainer,
was born >on the Six Nations Reserve southeast
of Brantford.

Curve Lake First Nation, Ontario

Elsie Knott

Elsie Knott, pioneering First Nations chief,
led the Anishinaabe Curve Lake
First Nation until 1960.

Attawapiskat, Ontario

Shannen Koostachin

Shannen Koostachin began a national
movement for Indigenous education
rights by advocating for a new school
in Attawapiskat.

Lakefield, Ontario

Faith Dickinson

Cuddles for Cancer founder Faith Dickinson
was born and raised in Lakefield.

Port Arthur, Ontario

Elizabeth Lawrie Smellie

Elizabeth Lawrie Smellie, nurse, teacher and
Army colonel, was born in Port Arthur.

Dundalk, Ontario

Agnes Macphail

Politician Agnes Macphail was born
in Grey County, which is now the village of Dundalk.

Wingham, Ontario

Alice Munro

Short story writer and Nobel Prize winner
Alice Munro was born in Wingham,
the setting of many of her stories.

Guelph, Ontario

Laura Secord

Esther Hill, the first woman to earn an architectural
degree in Canada, was born in Guelph.

Queenston, Ontario

Laura Secord

War of 1812 hero Laura Secord
settled with her husband in Queenston.

Coburg, Ontario

Ann Augusta Stowe-Gullen

Trailblazing physician Ann Augusta Stowe-Gullen
graduated from Victoria College in Cobourg.

Peterborough, Ontario

Louise Fish

Military trailblazer Louise Fish is Director of Risk Management at Trent University
in Peterborough.

Renfrew, Ontario

Bertha Wilson

Bertha Wilson, lawyer and former Supreme Court
Justice settled in Renfrew.

Cumberland, Ontario

Cairine Wilson

Former senator Cairine Wilson was born
in Montréal, settling in Cumberland after
she married in 1909.

Québec City, Québec

Marie-Claire Blais Léa Roback Gisèle Lamoureux

Novelist Marie-Claire Blais was born in Québec City,
in the neighbourhood of Limoilou. Botanist Gisèle Lamoureux
graduated from Université Laval with a master’s degree
in Forest Ecology. Léa Roback was a union organizer who
grew up in the Beauport borough of Québec City.

Saint-Bruno, Québec

Thérèse Dallaire-Laplante

Thérèse Dallaire-Laplante, women's rights
advocate, was born in Saint-Bruno.

Chambly, Québec

Emma Lajeunesse Albani

Emma Albani, international operatic
superstar of the 19th century, was born
in Chambly.

Abitibi, Québec

Gabrielle Bouchard

Feminist advocate Gabrielle Bouchard, grew up in Abitibi, eventually relocating to Montréal.

Montréal, Québec

Louise Arbour Nicole Brossard Thérèse Casgrain FrancoiseDavid Naomi Klein Betty Goodwin Heather Reisman

Montréal is the birthplace of lawyer Louise Arbour; feminist
Nicole Brossard; social reformer Thérèse Casgrain; politician
Françoise David; painter Betty Goodwin; journalist Naomi Klein
and Indigo Books CEO Heather Reisman.

Saint-Étienne-de-Beauharnois, Québec

Jeanne Brault Laurin

Jeanne Brault Laurin, Canada's first woman
mechanic, spent her childhood in the family-owned
garage in Saint-Étienne-de-Beauharnois.

Clarenceville, Québec

Carrie Derick

Scientist and professor Carrie Derick was
born in Clarenceville.

St-Timothée, Québec

Suzanne Fortier

McGill Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Suzanne Fortier was born in St-Timothée.

Odanak, Québec

Alanis Obomsawin

Alanis Obomsawin, filmmaker and Indigenous
rights activist, grew up on the Odanak reserve
northeast of Montréal.

Saint-Marc-des-Carrières, Québec

Chantal Petitclerc

Senator and Paralympian Chantal Petitclerc spent her childhood in Saint-Marc-des-Carrières.

Lac-Beauport, Québec

Manon Rhéaume

Manon Rhéaume, champion goaltender and
women's hockey pioneer, was born in Lac-Beauport.

Kahnawà:ke, Québec

Mary Two-Axe Early

Mary Two-Axe Early was a courageous
Indigenous rights activist from Kahnawà:ke.

Kuujjuak, Québec

Sheila Watt-Cloutier

Sheila Watt-Cloutier, activist, author and
political representative, was born in Kuujjuak,
where she had a traditional Inuit upbringing.

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Molly Lamb Bobak

Molly Lamb Bobak, painter, writer,
teacher and printmaker, was a longtime
resident of Fredericton.

Paquetville, New Brunswick

Édith Butler

Acadian singer-songwriter Édith Butler
grew up in the remote community of
Paquetville.

Welsford, New Brunswick

Gertrude Harding

Gertrude Harding was born on a farm
in Welsford, leaving Canada in 1912 to join
the militant suffragette movement in London.

Truro, Nova Scotia

Portia White

World-famous operatic contralto Portia White
was born in Truro, later and training at the
Halifax Conservatory of Music.

Indian Brook, Nova Scotia

Anna Mae Aquash

Anna Mae Aquash was a First Nations
activist and teacher born into the
Mi'kmaq First Nation at Indian Brook.

New Glasgow, Nova Scotia

Viola Desmond Carrie Best

Civil rights crusaders Viola Desmond
and Carrie Best both lived in New Glasgow.

Halifax, Nova Scotia

Muriel Duckworth Margaret Meagher

Muriel Duckworth, lifelong advocate for peace and women's
rights, was a familiar face at Halifax anti-war
rallies during her more than 50 years of activism.
Pioneering diplomat Margaret Meagher was born in Halifax
and began her career as a teacher there.

Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia

Rose Fortune

Rose Fortune, Canada's first woman
police officer, came with her family to
Annapolis Royal at age 10.

Whycocomagh, Nova Scotia

Rita Joe

Poet and songwriter Rita Joe, known as the
Poet Laureate of the Mi'kmaq people,
was born in Whycocomagh.

Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island

Angèle Arsenault

Angèle Arsenault, acclaimed Acadian
singer-songwriter and media personality,
was born in Abrams Village.

Central Bedeque, Prince Edward Island

Catherine Callbeck

Catherine Callbeck,former Premier of
Prince Edward Island and the first woman
elected to this position in Canada, was born
in Central Bedeque.

New London, Prince Edward Island

Lucy Maud Montgomery

Lucy Maud Montgomery, writer of the iconic
Anne of Green Gables series, was born in New London.

North Rustico, Prince Edward Island

Marion Reid

Marion Reid, politician and former
Lieutenant Governor of PEI, was born
in North Rustico.

St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador

Armine Nutting Gosling

Armine Nutting Gosling, women's rights advocate,
moved to St. John's in 1882 to become principal
of the Church of England Girls' School.

Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation, Newfoundland and Labrador

Elizabeth Penashue

Born near Churchill Falls, Innu elder
Elizabeth Penashue was relocated
to Sheshatshiu with members of her
community in the early 1960s.

Grand Bank, Newfoundland and Labrador

Grace Patten Sparkes

Grace Patten Sparkes, a teacher and political activist,
was born in Grand Bank and spent her career in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Arviat, Nunavut

Susan Aglukark

Award-winning singer/songwriter
Susan Aglukark grew up in Arviat.

Cape Dorset, Nunavut

Kenojuak Ashevak

Kenojuak Ashevak, pioneering artist, was born
at Ikirisaq, and later settled in the
burgeoning arts community of Cape Dorset.

Iqaluktuutiaq, Nunavut

Tanya Tagaq

Tanya Tagaq, throat singer-songwriter
and performer, was born in Iqaluktuutiaq
before moving to Yellowknife as a teenager.

Fort Norman, Northwest Territories

Ethel Blondin-Andrew

Ethel Blondin-Andrew, trailblazing politician
and member of the Dene Nation, was born
at Fort Norman.

Aklavik, Northwest Territories

Nellie Cournoyea

Politician Nellie Cournoyea was born
in Aklavik.

Tahiryuak Lake, Northwest Territories

Helen Kalvak

Helen Kalvak, prolific artist chronicling
the traditional lives of the Copper Inuit
was born at Tahiryuak Lake, Victoria Island.

Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories

Mary Okheena

Mary K. Okheena, artist, printmaker and storyteller,
was raised in the remote community of Ulukhaktok.

Dawson City, Yukon

Martha Black

Canadian businesswoman, naturalist and
politician Martha Black left high society to
join the Klondike Gold Rush, moving
to Dawson City in 1898.

Whitehorse, Yukon

Ione Jean Christensen

Ione Jean Christensen, former Canadian senator,
is a fourth generation Yukoner who moved to
Whitehorse as a teenager.

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