Indigenous Women Are The Most At Risk Group Of The Indian Act

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Indigenous women are the most at risk group in Canada. Indigenous people make up four percent of Canadas population however, they are seven times more likely to be murdered (Emmanuelle Walter, 2015 p. 87). This is directly linked to Canada’s dark past. Indigenous people were the only ones occupying Canada until the 1600’s. During this time the Europeans came to Canada to extract resources, but soon after they realized Canada was a beautiful country they would like to live in. This resulted in the colonization of Indigenous people through the fur trade, treaties, Residential School and the Indian Act. Through these acts Europeans were able to modernize, which has contributed to health, education and safety problems for Indigenous women.…show more content…
2). The TRC also has a section of recommendations for Education. The first notable goal is to develop a joint strategy to eliminate the employment and education gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians by the government with involvement of Indigenous groups (TRC, 2015, p.1). Secondly, the TRC also called upon the government to draft new legislation with full participation of Indigenous people to develop culturally appropriate course material (TRC, 2015, p. 2). In general a lot of the recommendations made in the TRC relate to the safety of Indigenous women, but specifically one goal caught by eye. Goal number 41, requests the government launch an inquiry into MMIW (TRC, 2015, p.4). Originally when these goals were released, Canada was under the Conservative government. The government disagreed with the inquiry which made this goal originally not succeed. However, in 2015 with the change to a Liberal government, Justin Trudeau launched the inquiry. The MMIW inquiry is set to look at root problems such as transportation, health care, domestic violence, racism, and education opportunities (Wiart, 2016). The results will be presented in 2018. History of Colonization Before colonization Indigenous men did hard labor, such as hunting, building and fishing while Indigenous women cooked, sewed, cleaned and watched the children. In Indigenous culture these roles were viewed as
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