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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.
This Backgrounder explores the terms domestic homicide, gender-related homicide, and femicide to strengthen understanding and promote prevention of these killings. Rather than competing, these terms are valuable for different reasons and serve to capture diverse phenomenon. They also share a common goal: to call attention to gender-based violence (GBV) and advocate for action to end GBV.
Trans and non-binary sex workers face large inequities in accessing justice, which are exacerbated for transfeminine, Indigenous, racialized, and street-based workers. In the context of renewed debate about Canada’s “end demand” sex work laws, this study takes an intersectional approach to characterize experiences with the criminal legal system and perceived access to justice among transgender (trans) and nonbinary sex workers in Canada.
Currently, numerous law- and policymakers across BC are advocating for the expansion of involuntary treatment, suggesting that admission criteria should be expanded to include people who experience non-fatal overdoses. This position paper calls for the abolition of involuntary treatment, including opposition to the passage of any policy or legislation that expands, sanctions, or encourages the practice.
The 2021 Statistics Canada report on police-reported violence against seniors (65-89) reveals that senior women are more likely to face family violence than senior men. This includes violence from spouses, children, siblings, and other family, like grandchildren.