Targeting of Indigenous Women 2j - Targeting of Indigenous LGBTIQ2S people 2


A ‘Lethal Crossfire’

[imagecaption] MMIWG symbols leading the Blak contingent at Mardi Gras, 2020. Photo: Charandev Singh. [/imagecaption]


  • Kellie Little, a member of Nuchatlaht First Nation, was 28 years old when she disappeared from Vancouver in 1997.
  • In 2004, Divas Boulanger, a transgender woman from Berens River was found dead near a rest stop in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. It took 11 years for the man responsible for her violent death to be convicted and sentenced for second degree murder.
  • In 2009, Veronnica Baxter, a transgender Aboriginal woman, was found dead in her prison cell under suspicious circumstances at Silverwater prison, NSW. Despite identifying as a woman, she was placed in a men’s jail and denied access to her prescribed hormone medication. The late Uncle Ray Jackson, President of the Indigenous Social Justice Association, campaigned up until his death to get justice for Veronnica Baxter’s family.
  • In 2014, Colten Pratt, a Two-Spirited 26 year old, from Long Plain First Nation went missing in Winnipeg.
  • In 2017, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, a 28 year old Two-Spirit, transgender woman of the Oglala Lakota tribe was stabbed to death in her apartment in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
  • In the same year Alloura Wells went missing. Her body was later found in a ravine in Toronto.


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