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Police Abuse of Indigenous Women in Saskatchewan and Failures to Protect Indigenous Women from Violence
This submission outlines Human Rights Watch’s findings on police interactions with Indigenous women in Saskatchewan based on six weeks of fact-finding carried out from January to July 2016, in addition to interviews and correspondence with police authorities and complaint mechanisms from August 2016 to January 2017.
The “No Selves to Defend” anthology was conceived and edited by Mariame Kaba of the Chicago Alliance to Free Marissa Alexander (now called Love & Protect). Published in June 2014, the anthology locates Marissa Alexander’s case within a historical context that criminalizes and punishes women (particularly of color) for self-defense and survival.
Immigrant women are a particularly vulnerable and exploited segment of our population, abused by the system as cheap labour for the most menial work, trapped in the social services system without hope, abused at home while finding little or no support from communities.