Disposable Lives?

  • May 4, 2015
  • 1:30 pm
  • Canadian Museum for Human Rights (group entrance)

The RCMP’s report that almost 1,200 Aboriginal women had been murdered or gone missing from 1982–2012 gave rise to a fierce, ongoing public debate. Some maintain this is mainly a criminal justice issue: that finding and punishing the “who” will reveal the “why.” Others argue this approach avoids larger social factors that result in Aboriginal women experiencing nearly three times more violence than their non-Aboriginal counterparts—which also raises the question of how committed Canadians are to fulfilling the Constitution’s promise of physical safety for all citizens.

So taking a step back, Spur considers the everyday lives of Aboriginal girls and women in Canada, from available services to special risks and key solutions.

Educator and social activist, Leah Gazan, Cindy Blackstock and Frank Cormier come together to talk about the risks Aboriginal woman and children face and how we might fight for their rights and protection. Winnipeg Free Press public policy reporter Mary Agnes Welch moderates.

Joshua Whitehead will provide a short performance prior to this event.

  • Series: The World in Seven Years
  • General admission: $15
  • Students (with valid ID): $10



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Gazan and Blackstock’s research has been supported by SSHRC.

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