2009 - Sisters in Spirit releases final report, bringing much needed attention to violence against
"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
What are the circumstances, root causes and trends leading to racialized, sexualized violence against Aboriginal women in Canada?
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?
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?
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?
Sisters in Spirit vigil for MMIW
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You Hold Me Up by Monique Gray Smith,
illustrated by Danielle Daniel
Illustrated book about the value of relationships
and supporting Indigenous ways of expressing love.