CANADA:
DON'T IGNORE
INDIGENOUS
WOMEN AND GIRLS

Call on the government to consider risks to Indigenous women and girls in resource development decision-making.

Urge Canada's Environment & Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna to include the rights of women and girls in the resource development decision-making process

RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN & GIRLS IGNORED IN RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT DECISIONS

“When it comes to Indigenous peoples and Indigenous women in this territory it’s kind of out of sight, out of mind.” – Helen Knott, Prophet River First Nation

Increased crime. Food and housing priced out of reach for low income families. Increased drug and alcohol abuse. Increased sexual exploitation of women. Erosion of Indigenous cultures and traditions.

Decades of studies have linked these side effects of large-scale resource development projects—like dams, mines, and oil and gas installations—to social strains in nearby communities. These side effects are also known factors that increase the risk of violence against women and girls. And these same factors can also reduce access to the services and supports needed to help women escape violence.
 
Why? An influx of mostly male, high-wage workers drives up the cost of living. Those who cannot afford the cost of living are further marginalized. Stressful working conditions can strain interpersonal relationships.

LARGE-SCALE PROJECTS CAN
CAUSE SERIOUS HARM TO THE
LIVES AND SAFETY OF
INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS

Amnesty International’s research has shown that Indigenous women and girls are more likely to be negatively impacted by large-scale industrial projects than other groups of people. And yet, governments make decisions every day to promote and approve such projects without ever considering their harmful and unintended impacts.

The already high levels of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls in communities across Canada means that particular care must be paid in any decision that could add to the dangers they face.

Decisions about when and how resource development should take place on Indigenous lands are some of the most important decisions made by governments.

Join Indigenous women and girls in northeast BC in urging the Minister of Environment and Climate Change to only let large-scale industrial projects proceed if the impacts on women and girls are studied—and steps are taken to mitigate any harmful impacts.


Read the new report Out of Sight, Out of Mind
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Dear Minister McKenna,


I urge the federal government to make the rights of Indigenous women and girls front and centre when you consider and take decisions on resource development projects.

Large-scale development projects not only impact the physical environment where they are constructed—they have an impact on the people living in nearby communities. Your government has committed to address the staggeringly high rates of violence faced by Indigenous women and girls. As part of that commitment, I urge you to address the link between resource development and increased risks of violence identified in the Amnesty International report Out of Sight, Out of Mind and in numerous previous studies. 

The current federal Review of Environmental Assessment Processes provides a tremendous opportunity to make intersectional gender-based analysis a mandatory part of the regulatory process. 

Please don’t leave the rights of Indigenous women and girls out of sight and out of mind in the decision-making process around resource development in Canada.    


 



  

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
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