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Targeting of Indigenous Women 2g - Canada: 'Walking with targets on our backs'

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Canada: ‘Walking with targets on our backs’

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


‘Being an Indigenous woman in Canada is to feel hunted.’

Terese Marie Mailhot, Seabird Island Band


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‘I’ve been in survival mode since I was a little girl, watching my back, watching goings on. Because I’ve seen my aunties, my cousins, my female cousins brutalized by police. And, growing up as a First Nation woman in this city, in this province, in this country – we’re walking with targets on our backs.’

Kohkom, quoted in Final Report of the Inquiry into MMIWG (2019, 56)


In Canada, Aboriginal women are four times more likely to be murdered than any other group of 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 acquaintances’. Aboriginal women are almost three times more likely to be killed by a stranger than non-Aboriginal women are.

The Canadian Femicide Observatory for Justice and Accountability was started in 2017 and has since attempted to monitor and map femicide cases.

 


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