CANADA:
DON'T IGNORE
INDIGENOUS
WOMEN AND GIRLS

Government ignores well-known risks to Indigenous women and girls when making decisions.

Canada: Don’t put rights of Indigenous women and girls Out of Sight, Out of Mind when approving resource development projects

HARMS TO INDIGENOUS WOMEN AND GIRLS CAN NO LONGER BE IGNORED

“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.

STAND UP FOR THE 
RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS
WOMEN AND GIRLS 

Resource development projects can cause serious harm to the lives and safety of Indigenous women and girls in nearby communities. 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 Connie, Helen, and other Indigenous women and girls in northeast BC in standing up to demand that their lives not be out of sight, out of mind when these decisions are made. 

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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