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2009 - Sisters in Spirit releases final report, bringing much needed attention to violence against Indigenous women and girls

January 2, 2009

 

"The Sisters In Spirit initiative is a multi-year research, education and policy initiative funded by Status of Women Canada. The initiative is designed to address the disturbing numbers of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada. Through the Sisters In Spirit initiative, the Native Women‟s Association of Canada (NWAC) aims to better understand racialized, sexualized violence against Aboriginal women and girls. This knowledge assists NWAC and other stakeholders to understand the root causes of this violence and identify measures to increase the safety of Aboriginal women and girls. Through the Sisters In Spirit initiative, NWAC works to honour the women and girls who have been lost to violence and remember those still missing" - NWAC

 

The report sought to answer the questions of

  1. What are the circumstances, root causes and trends leading to racialized, sexualized violence against Aboriginal women in Canada?

  2. How has the justice system responded to family and community reports of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada? What issues, challenges and gaps exist?

  3. What changes need to be implemented in order to improve the safety and well-being of Aboriginal women in Canada, particularly related to this issue?

  4. How can these changes be implemented in order to reduce or prevent racialized, sexualized violence against Aboriginal women, particularly that which results in their disappearance or death?

-NWAC

 

Sisters in Spirit vigil for MMIW

 

 

Digging Deeper

 

 

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Junior High School Resources

 

 

Elementary School Resources

You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith,

 

illustrated by Danielle Daniel

Age 4-8

Illustrated book about the value of relationships

and supporting Indigenous ways of expressing love.

 

 

 

 

 

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