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This webpage is a centralized hub for resources related to Gender-Based Violence (GBV) from organizations across British Columbia, as well as key national and international research. We will continue to update this webpage as further resources become available.
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Zaagi’diwin Inakinogewin | Love Law: A Policy Note For Protecting Two-Spirit, Non-Binary & Trans Indigenous Peoples


Zaagi’diwin Inakinogewin emerges from a desire for our communities to affirm the value of freedom of expression and choice regarding gender identity, gender expression, and sexuality. We realize our bodies are our own, and we deserve to live without the constraints of colonial enforcements of cisgender heteropatriarchy in all its forms.

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Systemic Inequities and Interjurisdictional Issues in Human Trafficking and MMIWG2S+


A significant factor in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirit and Gender-Diverse People (MMIWG2S+) genocide is the rate at which Indigenous Women, Girls, TwoSpirit, Transgender, and Gender-Diverse People experience human trafficking and sexual exploitation. This toolkit speaks to the continued journey toward Truth and Reconciliation and the need for additional support for those who are survivors of the MMIWG2S+ genocide.

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Investing in Saving Lives: Designing Second-Stage Women’s Shelters on First Nation Reserves


Despite the great risk for intimate partner violence for Indigenous women, only three unfunded second-stage shelters for more than 600 First Nation reserves exist in Canada to provide First Nation women and their children a safe home. This article documents the need for safe, nurturing, and culturally appropriate second-stage shelters for Indigenous women and their families to heal and rebuild, and to stop the genocide of Indigenous Peoples by supporting cultural, economic, health, and social development

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Missing and Murdered: Finding Cleo


Where is Cleo? Taken by child welfare workers in the 1970’s and adopted in the U.S., the young Cree girl’s family believes she was raped and murdered while hitchhiking back home to Saskatchewan. CBC news investigative reporter Connie Walker joins the search to find out what really happened to Cleo.

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The Militarization of Indigenous Land: A Human Rights Focus


This is a submission by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs to the UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples detailing the militarization of Indigenous land and criminalization of Indigenous land defenders in B.C. The submission emphasizes how government and industry must meaningfully recognize and respect the right of Indigenous Peoples to free, prior and informed consent (FPIC) regarding the approval of any project affecting their lands or territories.

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The Road to Safety: Indigenous Survivors in BC Speak Out against Intimate Partner Violence during the COVID-19 Pandemic


This report highlights the experiences of Indigenous survivors in B.C experiencing intimate partner violence during the pandemic. For Indigenous women and gender diverse people, the COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating the pre-existing reality of gendered colonial violence, and survey findings show that Indigenous women and gender diverse people are experiencing an increase in the frequency and severity of intimate partner violence (IPV).

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