An Act of Genocide: Canada’s Coerced Sterilization of First Nations Women – Intercontinental Cry

An Act of Genocide: Canada’s Coerced Sterilization of First Nations Women – Intercontinental Cry – “The coercive sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada is genocide proper,” Dr. Karen Stote, professor at Wilfrid Laurier University and author of An Act of Genocide: Colonialism and Sterilization of Aboriginal Women, asserted in a statement to Intercontinental Cry(IC). Her distinction alludes to the alternative phrasing of ‘cultural genocide’, a semantic preferred by judges, policy makers and other Canadian officials when referencing the plight of Canada’s First Nations.

Stote elaborated that, “…imposing measures to prevent births within a group, when done to undermine the ability of a group to continue to exist, is an act of genocide”. The crime is fully realized “…when [this] coercive sterilization is understood within the larger context of colonialism, as one of many policies/practices imposed on Indigenous peoples that allows the increasing encroachment of Indigenous lands and the reduction of the number of those to whom the federal government has obligations”.

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  1. […] via An Act of Genocide: Canada’s Coerced Sterilization of First Nations Women – Intercontinental Cr… […]

  2. This is disgraceful, The Queensland Government did the same thing with Aboriginal women on Communities in the 70’s and 80’s. They denied for years that they were sterilizing our women. I am sharing this post

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