After taking a look at the history of colonialism and structural violence towards Aboriginal women in Canada we can see how this history effects issues Aboriginal women face today. Aboriginal women have experienced discrimination and racism through colonization and structural violence in the past, this has influenced the creation of Aboriginal women social movements (such as the Stolen Sisters social movement)
I have mentioned the characteristics of social movements in my first blog entry, I am going to apply these characteristics to the Aboriginal women’s socail movement.
First characteristic is informal networks of people. Aboriginal women social movement has gained more and more attention from provinces/territories all over Canada, different people with different backgrounds coming together to improve the lives of Aboriginal women.
Based on shared beliefs and solidarity. The Aboriginal women social movement’s shared beliefs and solidarity is equal and fair treatment to Aboriginal women in Canada.
Mobilize about conflictual issues. The issues I have stated in the beginning of this post are a few issues the Aboriginal women social movement are mobilizing around.
Through the frequent use of various forms of protest. The Aboriginal women social movement have used various types of protest such as the annual march on October 4 The National Day of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.
Intends to change something that is status quo. Currently the status quo is Aboriginal women are experiencing issues such as:
- colonization created stereotypical images of Aboriginal women which today has led to deny the dignity and worth of Indigenous women, encouraging some men to feel they can get away with acts of hatred against them.
- Structural violence has lead to impoverished and broken apart Aboriginal families and communities, leaving many Indigenous women and girls extremely vulnerable to exploitation and attack.
- According to a Canadian government statistic, young Aboriginal women are five times more likely than other women of the same age to die as the result of violence. Indigenous women have long struggled to draw attention to violence within their own families and communities. Canadian police and public officials have also long been aware of a pattern of racist violence against Indigenous women in Canadian cities – but have done little to prevent it.(http://www.amnesty.ca/campaigns/sisters_overview.php)