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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada

Catalogue Number:  MCI090
Producer:  McIntyre Media Inc.
Producing Agencies:  McIntyre Media Inc.
Subject:  Abuse, Canadian History, Canadian Social Issues, Canadian Social Studies, Criminal Justice & Law, Current Events, First Nations Studies, History, Social Issues, Social Sciences, Social Studies, Violence, Women's Studies
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  2016
Running Time:  12:00
Closed Captions:  Yes

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Violence against women is a significant issue in society.  According to the World Health Organization, it affects one third of women around the world.  Violence against women is also a serious issue in Canada, unfortunately.  One particular group of Canadian women merit special attention: Indigenous women and girls in Canada experience a scale and severity of violence that constitutes a national human rights crisis.

The issue of violence against aboriginal women and girls is a systematic one with deep roots in sexism, poverty and racism.  To properly address the situation, one must understand the history and impact of colonization on Aboriginal peoples in Canada.  There has been a cycle of trauma and abuse brought on by residential schools, and by the 60s Scoop - where large numbers of aboriginal children were forcibly taken into the child welfare system.  Government and church have interfered with First Nations traditional practices for over 500 years.

This informative video gives an overview of the history of trauma and abuse experienced by Aboriginal women in Canada.  We trace its roots from early colonialism in Canada to recent actions by the Canadian government, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and the release of the RCMP report on Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada.

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