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The Mass Casualty Commission was a joint public inquiry between the Governments of Canada and Nova Scotia created to examine the April 2020 mass casualty in Nova Scotia. This mass casualty was one of the largest mass murders in Canadian history, in which a sole perpetrator, Gabriel Wortman, killed 22 people throughout rural Nova Scotia. A key theme throughout the report is the pervasive context of gender-based violence giving rise to the mass casualty.
Women environmental defenders face retaliation for mobilizing against extractive and polluting projects, which perpetrate violence against Indigenous, minority, poor and rural communities. The issue matters because it highlights the gendered nature of extractive violence and the urgent need to address the systemic patterns of violence that affect women defenders, who are often overlooked and underreported. Here we analyse violence against women defenders in environmental conflicts around the world.
Although trans and non-binary sex workers may be particularly impacted by criminalization, data on the specific experiences of trans and non-binary sex workers have been lacking. To fill this gap, we researchers used data from the Trans PULSE Canada survey to describe participants’ experiences with police. Indigenous and racialized sex workers had the most negative police experiences and expectations.
Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary peoplee face specific barriers due to the structural, binary nature of most transitional and emergency housing and supports in Canada. To better understand these structural housing barriers and identify solutions for removing them, this report provides some new disaggregated data to fill the gap of information on housing barriers and homelessness experiences among Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary adults in Canada.
Between 2011 and 2021, police reported 1,125 gender-related homicides of women and girls in Canada. Of these homicides, two-thirds (66%) were perpetrated by an intimate partner, 28% a family member, 5% a friend or acquaintance and the remaining 1% a stranger. While the rate of gender-related homicide of women and girls has generally declined since 2001, there was a 14% increase between 2020 and 2021, marking the highest rate recorded since 2017.
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
24 Hour Census Report (2022): A One-Day Look at Women’s Transition Housing and Support Programs in BC
This snapshot offers some insight into the realities of Women’s Transition Housing and Supports Programs in BC. In just 24 hours, between November 30th & December 1st, 2022 1,501 people were sheltered or supported in-person or remotely through Transition Housing Programs across BC. Unfortunately, an additional 201 people were waiting for services or turned away from these programs.