Deathscapes

Indigenous Femicide and the Killing State 3c - Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

Deathscapes

‘Being an Indigenous Woman in Canada is to feel hunted’

[imagecaption] Trailer for ‘Will I See?’ graphic novel, 2017. Song ‘Nobody Knows’ by Iskwe and artwork by GMB Chomichuk.  [/imagecaption]

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Aboriginal women are four times more likely to be murdered than any other Canadian women. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) released a report in May 2014 which stated that between 1980 to 2012 close to 1,200 Indigenous women and girls have gone missing or have been murdered. In this report 60% of recorded murders of Aboriginal women were committed by family members and 40% murdered by strangers or ‘casual acquittances’ (code for sex clients). In the non- Indigenous population this figure is 27%. Aboriginal women are 1.4 more times likely to be killed by someone who aren’t close to them. In Winnipeg, many of the murdered women disappeared while working on the streets. Winnipeg is considered one of the most racist cities in Canada. Winnipeg is the capital of the province of Manitoba. The centre of Manitoba is The Forks — where two big rivers converge: The Red River and the Assiniboine River. As Seabird Island Band writer Terese Marie Mailhot describes ‘Being an Indigenous woman in Canada is to feel hunted’.

 


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