Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa – www.ipsmo.org

Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations

Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations, is a booklet published by us, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa. It is part of our ongoing efforts to support Indigenous women on Turtle Island (aka North America) and their struggle for liberation.

We, the Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa, acknowledge our shared history of colonization with all Indigenous peoples and the various forms of violence against them, particularly against Indigenous women. We further acknowledge the tremendous strength of Indigenous women in reclaiming their distinct roles and responsibilities in our societies, and the crucial roles they play in the survival and evolution of our species.

This publication consists of five sections: Struggle, Resistance, Power, Liberation, and Be Solidarity. In each section, we strive to use different forms of creative expressions, mostly from Indigenous women, to draw attention to their lived realities. We acknowledge the diversity of Indigenous cultures and the multitude of gifted Indigenous women who have publicly expressed their experiences through various art forms. The work included here is a mere glimpse and cannot fully represent the voices of all Indigenous women.

Through this publication, we aim to augment the voices of Indigenous women in one of many efforts to break the silence surrounding the systemic violence perpetuated by colonialism. It is an act of solidarity, meant to encourage other acts of solidarity while building bridges between diverse communities and providing education to the dominant culture and recent newcomers about the genocide of Indigenous nations.

Please feel free to click the links below to download the entire booklet (all the files are in PDF format) and distribute far and wide!

Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations - Vol.2 Cover

If you wish to receive hard copies of this pamphlet, please e-mail us at ipsmo@riseup.net.

In Nov. 2012, we also launched the second volume of Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations with contributions from sixty-two women and men from various nations. In this volume, Indigenous women shared their lived experiences with regards to their relationships with the land, their birth mothers, families, communities, and themselves, and their allies shared their thoughts on responsibilities to (re)build relationships with Indigenous women.

We are very grateful for the authors and artists who courageously shared their stories with us, and are honoured to publish their work.

We also would like to express our gratitude to Under One Roof Properties who generously donated us the layout by Nancy Reid from NR Grafix.

Download the book here or click on the image on the left: Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations Vol.2 (117-page PDF format, free of charge (Right-click and ‘save as…’ to download)

Sources on the “Snapshots of Colonial Violence” on the back of the Oppression Tree

Prison:

  • Brennan, Shannon. 2011. “Violent victimization of Aboriginal women in the Canadian provinces, 2009”. In Juristat. Ottawa: Statistics Canada.
  • Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. 2011. Aboriginal Women Factsheet. Ottawa: Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Available at elizabethfry.ca/wwdcms/uploads/Aboriginal%20Women.pdf
  • Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Date unknown. Aboriginal Women. Ottawa: Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies. Available at http://www.elizabethfry.ca/eweek06/pdf/aborig.pdf
  • Finn, Ann et al. 1996. “Female Inmates, Aboriginal Inmates, and Inmates Serving Life Sentences: A One Day Snapshot”. In Juristat, Vol. 19 No.5. Ottawa: Statistics Canada.
  • Jacobs, Beverley. 2004. Stolen Sisters: Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada.  Ottawa: Amnesty International. Available at http://www.amnesty.ca/campaigns/sisters_overview.php
  • Native Women’s Association of Canada. 2006. Native Women’s Association of Canada’s Report in Response to Canada’s Fourth and Fifth Reports on the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights covering the period of September 1999 – December 2004. Ottawa: Native Women’s Association of Canada. Available at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/docs/info-ngos/NWAC.pdf
  • Perreault, Samuel. 2009. “The incarceration of Aboriginal people in adult correctional services”. In Juristat, Vol. 29 No. 3. Ottawa: Statistics Canada.
  • Prison Justice. 2008. Facts and Statistics. Vancouver: PrisonJustice.ca. Available at http://www.vcn.bc.ca/august10/politics/facts_stats.html
  • The Correctional Investigator Canada. 2006. Report Finds Evidence of Systemic Discrimination Against Aboriginal Inmates in Canada’s Prisons. Ottawa: the Correctional Investigator Canada. Available at: http://www.oci-bec.gc.ca/comm/press/press20061016-eng.aspx

Water:

Life expectancy and Health:

Physical and sexual abuse:

  • Bopp, Michael et al. 2003. “Aboriginal Domestic Violence in Canada”. In The Aboriginal Healing Foundation Research Series. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
  • Mann, Michelle. 2005. Aboriginal Women: An Issues Backgrounder. Prepared for Status of Women Canada. Available at http://dsp-psd.pwgsc.gc.ca/Collection/SW21-146-2005E.pdf
  • McCaslin, Wanda D. and Yvonne Boyer. 2009. “First Nations Communities at Risk and in Crisis: Justice and Security”. Journal of Aboriginal Health, November. Available at http://www.naho.ca/jah/english/jah05_02/V5_I2_Communities_03.pdf
  • McIvor, Sharon D. & Teressa A. Nahanee.1998. “Aboriginal Women: Invisible Victims of Violence.” In Unsettling Truths: Battered Women, Policy, Politics, and Contemporary Research in Canada, ed. Kevin Bonnycastle & George S. Rigakos, 63-69. Vancouver: Collective Press.
  • The Metropolitan Toronto Action Committee on Violence Against Women. 2001. Statistics Sheet: Sexual Assault. Toronto: Metrac.
  • Stout, Madeleine Dion and Gregory D. Kipling. 1998. Aboriginal Women in Canada: Strategic Research Directions.Research funded by Ottawa: Status of Women Canada.

Over-representation in the sex trade:

Suicide rate:

  • Allard, Yvon E. et al. 2004. “Premature mortality in health regions with high Aboriginal populations”. In Health Reports, Vol. 15 No.1. Ottawa: Statistics Canada
  • Canadian Mental Health Association. Date unknown. Aboriginal People/First Nations. Toronto: Canadian Mental Health Association. Available at http://www.ontario.cmha.ca/about_mental_health.asp?cID=23053
  • Kirmayer, Laurence J. et al. 2007. “Suicide Among Aboriginal People in Canada”. In The Aboriginal Healing Foundation Research Series. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation.
  • McCaslin, Wanda D. and Yvonne Boyer. 2009. “First Nations Communities at Risk and in Crisis: Justice and Security”. Journal of Aboriginal Health, November. Available at http://www.naho.ca/jah/english/jah05_02/V5_I2_Communities_03.pdf

Underfunded Education:

  • Amnesty International. 2004. Stolen Sisters: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women in Canada. Ottawa: Amnesty International. Available at http://www.amnesty.ca/stolensisters/amr2000304.pdf
  • Shannen’s Dream. Date unknown. First Nations Education – Why do First Nations children on reserve get inequitable education and many get poor quality schools? Ottawa: First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada
  • Shannen’s Dream. 2011. Shannen’s Dream.  Ottawa: First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Available at http://www.fncfcs.com/shannensdream/

Child Welfare:

  • Bennett, M. Date unknown. First Nations Fact Sheet: A General Profile on First Nations Child Welfare in Canada. Ottawa: First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada. Available at: http://www.fncfcs.com/sites/default/files/docs/FirstNationsFS1.pdf.
  • Blackstock, C. 2007. “Residential Schools: Did They Really Close or just Morph into Child Welfare?”. In Indigenous Law Journal, 6(1), 71-78.
  • Blackstock, C. 2008. “Reconciliation Means Not Saying Sorry Twice: Lessons From Child Welfare in Canada”. In From Truth to Reconciliation: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools. Ottawa: Aboriginal Healing Foundation. pp 164-178.
  • Blackstock, C. 2010. Is this Our Canada? Ottawa: Indigenous Peoples Solidarity Movement Ottawa. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CZ71KcWxN8.
  • I am a Witness Campaign. Ottawa: First Nations Child and Families Caring Society of Canada. Available at http://www.fncaringsociety.com/fnwitness/importance
  • Office of the Auditor General of Canada. 2008. “Chapter 4 First Nations Child and Family Services Program – Indian and Northern Affairs Canada”. In Report of the Auditor General of Canada to the House of Commons. Ottawa: Minister of Public Works and Government Services Canada

4 Comments »

  1. I want to include as a resource in a workshop how do i reference your material???

    Comment by Lisa — March 24, 2012 @ 11:30 pm

    • Could you explain more on what you need, Lisa? You can write to us at ipsmo@riseup.net about the details. Thanks!

      Comment by solidarity — March 25, 2012 @ 12:16 am

  2. One page for the submission? Really! I could write a volume!

    Comment by Janice will do. In Canada today I have to be very careful about revealing my identity. I am on parole as long as I am working and could lose my job. — April 10, 2012 @ 12:08 am

    • You can submit more than one!

      Comment by solidarity — April 10, 2012 @ 11:28 pm


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