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Something to ponder

The horrifying reality of violence against women, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, casts a long shadow over the conscience of Canada’s diverse society. Here, I wish to highlight the particular difficulties encountered by Indigenous women as well as the intersectionality of gender-based violence.

Due to structural inequities, historical injustices, and colonial legacies, Indigenous women in Canada experience disproportionately high rates of violence. Indigenous women are more susceptible to violence because of the ongoing effects of the intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools, forced sterilisation, and the dislocation of Indigenous communities. They are subjected to a variety of types of violence, including structural marginalisation and neglect, as well as physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. The issue of murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls, or MMIWG, serves as a sobering reminder of the institutionalised racism and structural flaws that fuel this ongoing injustice. There are still serious dangers to the safety and well-being of Indigenous women, despite calls for action and investigations like the National Inquiry into MMIWG.

It is crucial to understand that violence against women in Canada is a multifaceted problem that interacts with several oppressive axes, such as sexual orientation, class, race, and ethnicity. These overlapping identities expose Indigenous women to compounded kinds of violence and prejudice, especially for those who live in rural areas. It is important to recognise that violence against women crosses cultural and racial divides, even if Indigenous women experience a disproportionate amount of it. According to Canada’s Department of Justice, “Each year, Indigenous women and girls account for at least one-fifth to one-quarter of all female homicides in Canada; a homicide rate roughly between 4.5 and 7 times higher than all other women and girls.” Violence against women includes femicide, sexual assault, and domestic abuse. A number of things, including societal stigma, economic disparity, and a lack of proper support services, aggravate these problems.

An inclusive and comprehensive strategy is needed to address Canada’s ongoing problem of violence against both Indigenous and non-Indigenous women. Through addressing the underlying causes of violence, elevating the perspectives of survivors, and cultivating empathy and understanding across cultural boundaries, we may strive towards a day when all women in Canada can live without fear or injury.


A special day in Canada’s history: on February 9, 2024, the supreme court affirms Indigenous self-government, jurisdiction over child welfare laws.

Here are all the details in this APTN News article.

Save the date

On February 14, there will be a vigil Memorial March Honouring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two-Spirit Peoples (MMIWG2S+/FFT2EADA) at 6pm at Cabot Square. Event organized by Iskweu.

Learn more: https://www.facebook.com/events/498934052265336?ref=newsfeed

Food for thought

Canada has a long history of proclaiming rights, on the one hand, and removing them, on the other. In this time of ‘reconciliation’, what elements to social and governance systems continue to perpetuate inequities?

Source: Home on Native Land, a ten-week course from Raven: https://homeonnativeland.com/ 

A reminder

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