Canada looks to feminist solution to deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women

As the Canadian government begins to grapple with how it should handle a rash of deaths and disappearances of aboriginal women, advocates are hoping the process will look at how to prevent problems from occurring by using a feminist framework to re-examine barriers that aboriginal women face in Canadian society. The country’s Minister of Indigenous Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, is currently meeting with the families, survivors, and aboriginal representatives to discuss how the country should handle the issue, while advocates are hoping for face time with Bennett to begin to discuss what they see as larger societal issues that put the women in vulnerable positions.

“Aboriginal women are vulnerable to male violence first and foremost because they are women, then because they are aboriginal, and then because they are poor,” Hilla Kerner, an advocate who works with the group Rape Relief, said.  “The intersection between colonialism and sexism plays a crucial role.”

The meetings are expected to take place through February.

Read the full story at the CBC.


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