Charlotte Edith Anderson Monture was a Mohawk First World War veteran, and registered nurse. Edith was the first Indigenous woman to become a registered nurse in Canada and to gain the right to vote in a Canadian federal election. She was also the first Indigenous woman from Canada to serve in the United States military. Due to Canada’s racist policies for education, Monture had to receive her education in the United States. She graduated first from her class from New Rochelle Nursing School. After graduating, she volunteered with the United States Army Nurse Corps. Monture died at age 105 on the Six Nations reserve in 1996. Monture symbolizes the power and impact of indigenous people, and how even though there was obstacles of evident racism, she still excelled and willingly provided aid at a time when it was desperately needed.
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