Indigenous Women are being murdered and are disappearing at a higher rate than other women in Canada. Aboriginal women are five times more likely than other women to die due to violence. High rates of murder of indigenous women have occurred since settlers arrived in Canada. The first European and Canadian Aboriginal contact dates back to the sixteenth century. Indigenous women were the centers of their community and a common tactic of European settlers was to attack women.
There are many women who are being forced into sex, beaten or perhaps abused in her lifetime by a person called a man. At some other times, the women are being assaulted by people whom they don’t know, but most frequently they are hurt or abused by people who are close to them. Women abuse occur in all cultures and races, it doesn’t have any boundaries. We have buried a lot of women, of which their death resulted from women abuse issue, some women today have anger and can’t even raise their children properly, they are angry with everyone and some can’t even face the world. Women abuse causes an awful emotional and physical pain; it intimidates the lives of women.
v Morgentaler that he waged against what he believed was an outdated law. The trial was particularly notable because it was responsible for striking down Canadian legislation surrounding abortion making it so there is absolutely no law regarding abortion. It was overturned on the fact that it violated section 1(a) of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the right to life, liberty and security of the person (Hamilton). This is still the case today as there are currently no restrictions surrounding abortion in Canada, excluding several Maritime Provinces which have many societal factors stopping women from easily and cheaply accessing abortions. This would later prove to be one of the most significant and controversial decisions in Canadian law.
The term is often used to refer to violence that occurs between two people in an intimate relationship, but extends to violence against children and the elderly (Valiulis, 2014, p.124). I use the term domestic violence in this research refers to intimate partner violence. Globally, 35% of women have endured either physical or sexual abuse at the hands of their partner (World Health Organization, 2012, p.2). Unfortunately
“As a result of colonial policies, Indigenous women are overrepresented in recent statistical data on issues such as domestic violence, imprisonment, suicide and general poor health” (Anderson and Young 173). The video No Justice for Alaskan and Native American Women by Amnesty International USA stated that “Native American and Alaskan women are 2 ½ times more likely to be raped, in fact 1 in 3 of these women will be raped in their lifetime” (“No Justice for Alaskan” 0:24). These numbers are outrageous and need to be addressed in order to help Native American Women and women around the
Indigenous peoples of Canada have been considered inferior to all other citizens, and have been abused and neglected through European history, and can be seen as a form of genocide. In Canadian residential schools, children were removed from the home, sexually assaulted, beaten, deprived of basic human necessities, and over 3 500 women and girls were sterilized, and this went on well into the 1980 's (Nicoll 2015). The dehumanization of Indigenous peoples over the generations has left a significant impact on society today; the generational trauma has left many Indigenous peoples heavily dependent of drugs and alcohol, and the vulnerability of Indigenous women has led to extremely high rates of violent crime towards these women. A report that
(n.d). Family violence affects all and everyone. According to statisticians, about 6% of women in Canada in 2013 suffered from intimate violence in the past five years and “80% of intimate partner violence were against women and 97% of spousal murder-suicides were against women”. Half of all women in Canada have experienced at least one incident of physical or sexual violence since the age of 16. Family violence is not reported in majority of cases.
There are many movements to try to bring awareness of the many missing and murdered Indigenous women. Since the Indian Act does discriminate against women because Indigenous women are inferior due to the western ideologies “as dictated by the Act, they are branded deviants and considered fair game for mistreatment,” furthermore proving that the Indian Act is subjecting the Native women to criticism because they do no tact like the white women. Violence among indigenous women is also on the rise, “the Native Women’s Association of Canada found that between the 1960’s and 2010, 582 Igneous women and girls went missing or were murdered,” which has Indigenous women fearing for their lives because they do not know if their loved ones will ever be found. Indigenous women are stereotyped to living in a high-risk way since they are not living a “normal” lifestyle, the police do not do much; however, if the person was white the police would do more to help locate the white woman. The families of the missing women do not get the attention that they need to help find the missing person because “police may [be] aware of [the] practices of endangering Indigenous women but do nothing about them,” which proves that Indigenous people are often put to the side since they are not as important.
I think this is also responsible for the perpetuation of violence against Aboriginal women. I will suggest that law enforcement agencies should adopt new theoretical frameworks when dealing with cases involving Aboriginal women. This will increase the effectiveness of investigation of reported missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada. ONWA (2007) in their report suggested the creation of an ample policy to effectively address violence against Aboriginal women. They said “Such a policy would require proactive inter-ministerial policy integration and coordination that would include such interrelated areas as justice, health and healing, education, employment, training, housing and social services.” (ONWA 2007, 10).
They may be forced from their homes in order to escape violence, disrupting social support networks as well as children’s schooling and social networks (Foubert). Women who have lived with a violent partner are also more likely to experience financial difficulties or hardship because of the relationship. In Canada, the 2009 General Social Survey found that 7 % of Canadian women with a current or former spouse reported being physically or sexually victimized by their