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

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

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Meghan Murphy is a freelance writer and journalist from Vancouver, BC. She has been podcasting and writing about feminism since 2010 and has published work in numerous national and international publications, including The Spectator, UnHerd, Quillette, the CBC, New Statesman, Vice, Al Jazeera, The Globe and Mail, and more. Meghan completed a Masters degree in the department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Simon Fraser University in 2012 and is now exiled in Mexico with her very photogenic dog.