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The Streets 10f - Indigenous Women Targeted on the Streets

Deathscapes

Australia and Canada: targeted on the Streets

A group of women gather along a street, on a cold, snowy night. It is so cold you can see their breaths. At this vigil, they carry candles and traditional drums.[imagecaption] Video still ‘Thunder Bay community remembers Barbara Kentner on anniversary of attack’, 2018. Source: Willow Fiddler for APTN News. [/imagecaption]

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In November 1983, 29 year-old Gloria Pindan was brutally murdered on Mitchell Street, the main stretch of Darwin in Northern Australia. Her body was found in a flower bed close to the Lameroo Lodge. Her underwear was torn and her body had been stabbed and violently mutilated by Andy Albury. Court records indicate he referred to Ms Pindan as a ‘gin’. Albury had served in the army for a brief period and made comments indicating that he believed in the ideals of the Ku Klux Klan. There is little information on the public record about Ms Pindan with media coverage solely focusing on her killer.

In January 2017, Barbara Kentner a 34 year-old mother and member of the Waabigon Saaga’igan Anishinaabeg (Wabigoon Lake Ojibway Nation), was walking with her sister down McKenzie Street in Thunder Bay when she was struck in the stomach by a trailer hitch. Witnesses stated that when she was hit, the assailant travelling in the car exclaimed ‘I got one’. After battling to recover from the unprovoked assault for 6 months in and out of hospital, she died in July 2017.


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