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I decided to start an album where I could collect the names, images, and details of personal heroes.

There is no award, just a place to recognise the people and accomplishments of the everyday heroes (or monumental ones) that often go un-noticed and unsung.

If you want to contribute, send me an image and a blurb (not too long) to mudhooks at


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Anneke Dubash

Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture


Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture

Charlotte Edith Anderson was the first Native Canadian woman to train and work as a nurse.

Edith was born on the Six Nations of the Grand River Reserve in Southern Ontario. She was a descendant of the great Mohawk leader and British ally, Joseph Brant.

Despite making many applications to nursing schools in Canada, due to racial predjudice, Edith was not permitted to take her training in Canada. However, she was accepted into the New Rochelle (New York) nursing school. After graduation, she went on to become a Public School nurse in New York City.

In 1917, when United States entered into WWI, Edith joined the New Rochelle contingent of the Army Nurse Corps and served in Vittel, France.

Fourteen Native American women served as members of the Army Nurse Corps during World War I, two of them overseas.

She later referred to her service in France at a military hospital as "the adventure of a lifetime."

When she returned from France after the war, she returned to the Six Nations reserve, married, and had a family but still worked part-time as a nurse at the hospital in the Six Nations Reserve.

Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture passed away in 1996, just 6 days short of her 106th birthday.

She was my ex-husband's grandmother. I was honored to have known her.

Sadly out of date, but a substantial bio:




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Uploaded: June 14, 2005
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  • Mudhooks Premium user Canada (Private)
    12 years 5 months ago
    Thank you for your comments. I am happy that Edith can serve as an insoiration and role model for another generation of women as well as Aboriginals, in general.

    Edith was also the first Aboriginal woman in Canada to be trained as a nurse. I was telling someone this one day and discovered that her grandmother held the distinction of being the first Aboriginal woman to be trained IN CANDA as a nurse. I wish I had been able to write her name down and share it here, as well.
  • brina (Private)
    12 years 5 months ago
    Happy to have found this as she is one of my new heroes and I am presenting on her tomorrow for Aboriginal Women's History Month. This is a great idea! Now go wash your mudhooks as my mother would say...
  • Selnuit Premium user Canada (Private)
    13 years 2 months ago
    I think this album is a fantastic idea!
    I was very moved by this lady's biography! Edith Anderson Monture surely needs to be remembered. Thank you for doing this.
    A little note: My grandfather, a French soldier, died during WW1; however, he was already dead by the time Ms Anderson Monture arrived in France.
  • (Anonymously) (Private)
    13 years 8 months ago
    Wow again.......
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