Happy Halloween Season!
"NO MORE STOLEN SISTERS: JUSTICE FOR MURDERED & MISSING INDIGENOUS WOMEN!"
The Native Women’s Association of Canada has documented more than 580 cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada, most within the last three decades. Because of serious gaps in police and government reporting, the actual numbers are likely much higher.
Despite Canadian police and public officials having been long aware of this pattern of racist, sexist violence against Indigenous women, most of these cases have remained unsolved. This unresolved issue reflects roots in colonial administrative policies which the current federal government maintains.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s (& Prime Minister’s before him) inability to address issues of indigenous rights has become a policy of denial, evident most recently in response to Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike, the passage of Bill C-45 & the efforts of the Idle No More movement. Rather than supporting community-based activism for the murdered & missing women, the Canadian government has been diverting resources to a generic RCMP-led missing persons database, as well as vastly facilitating police power to obtain warrants and to install wiretaps. Many believe that both of these police privileges will be used to further allow the government of Canada’s criminalization of Native communities rather than increasing the safety of Native women. We will be discussing the underlying systemic roots of violence and how this violence can and is being resisted.
Join Krysta Williams of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network & UTSC Indigenous elder Cat Criger as we discuss systemic violence in Canada and active forms of resistance!
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Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/622822297758672/
The Women’s Centre will be at the Social Justice Block Party!!! Drop by our booth to learn about exciting upcoming initiatives & events as well as amazing ways to get involved with the Women’s Centre!
The original Shadeism short.This documentary short is an introduction to the issue of shadeism, descrimination that exists between the lighter-skinned and darker-skinned members of the same community…Through the eyes and words of 5 young womyn and 1 little girl - all females of colour - the film takes us into the thoughts and experiences of each. Overall, ‘Shadeism’ explores where shadeism comes from, how it directly affects us as womyn of colour, and ultimately, begins to explore how we can move forward through dialogue and discussion.