How this Indigenous women’s organization is educating the RCMP on policing domestic violence

Why It Matters

In Canada, Indigenous women are three times more likely than non-Indigenous women to report domestic violence, and across the country, the issue has been exacerbated by COVID-19. In partnership with Community Foundations of Canada, we look at how the Liard Aboriginal Women’s Society addresses gender-based violence in the Yukon, using innovative practices and collaboration to heal and empower the Kaska Dena community.

Throughout history, Indigenous innovators have been finding sustainable solutions to local challenges, supporting their communities and empowering women’s leadership. For the past few centuries, colonial structures — from imposed patriarchal attitudes to residential schools — disrupted traditions and created systemic barriers to prosperity. The impacts of this are still very real in Canada, as shown by the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women. 

In Northern Canada, women and young girls are almost three times more likely to be victims of a violent crime than women in the south, and Indigenous wo

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