PODCAST: FAFIA launches campaign of solidarity with Aboriginal women and girls

fafiaAboriginal women and girls face abnormally high levels of violence and continue to suffer the ongoing effects of colonialism in Canada. Between 2005 and 2010, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC) documented the disappearances or murders of 582 Aboriginal women and girls over twenty years, yet the government continues to resist launching a national inquiry.

On December 1st, The Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) is launching a solidarity campaign with Aboriginal women and girls in order to highlight the discrimination they face and to put pressure on the government to take real steps to address it.

In this episode I speak with Shelagh Day and Cherry Smiley about these issues and about the campaign. Shelagh Day is a women’s rights activist, a nationally recognized human rights expert, and the Chair of FAFIA’s Human Rights Committee. Cherry Smiley, from the Nlaka’pamux (Thompson) and Diné Nations, is the Campaign Coordinator for FAFIA’s Campaign of Solidarity with Aboriginal Women.

Join FAFIA’s solidarity network here: http://eepurl.com/7N1D9

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, I-D, Truthdig, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her dog.

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  • The Québec version of Huffington Post has an article about resources-based development in the Côte-Nord region (northeastern Québec, the traditional lands of the Innu people) and the many problems experienced by women (Innue or Québécoise francophone) there. Explosion of prostitution, violence against women, but also a far greater income gap than in other Québec regions (as men earn so much in resource jobs, while women who – like the men – tend to have lower educational levels than elsewhere – have no access to well-paying jobs.

    I don’t know whether this article exists in English; I haven’t found it at huffingtonpost.ca

    These impacts are always qualitatively worse for Indigenous women, with the multiplying impact of patriarchy/sexism, colonialism/racism and destructive development models.

    These include endemic poverty, contempt, all manner of violence within the family and community and from the dominant society, being the most exploited and ill-treated prostituted women and girls, and the rest of the sorry statistics we know too well.

    We must also remember that Idle No More was organized by women, and that here in Québec as elsewhere, it is led above all by very dynamic and creative young Aboriginal women!!!