Canada may not be seen as a place where widespread human rights violations against their indigenous population occur on a regular basis by the international community. However, Canada’s indigenous population is arguable over-policed and under-protected with both men and women incarcerated at rates much higher than the non-indigenous population and face police violence and deaths in custody all too often.
Mainstream media is no longer able to ignore the ongoing violence against indigenous people and more specifically the targeting of indigenous women, transgender and two-spirited people. The Canadian government has consistently refused demands for a public inquiry, which would acknowledge the gravity of the crisis. The speakers will argue that an inquiry could establish a public record and examine more than the root causes that are already known. An inquiry could also shed light on why many reports with hundreds of recommendations on this subject have never been acted upon.
Speaker: Dr. Linda Many Guns and Lauren Crazybull
Linda Many Guns received her Ph. D. from Trent University Faculty of Indigenous Sturdies in 2013. Previously, she had earned her MA at Carleton University and her BA at Saint Thomas University, New Brunswick as well as a Baccalaureate of Laws (LLB) in 1996 at Common Law University of Ottawa. Linda Many Guns has been teaching at the University of Lethbridge since 2008 in the Native American Studies Department. Her areas of expertise are: Indians & the Criminal Justice System, Native American Women, Family and Community Development, Aboriginal Law and Aboriginal Development.
Lauren Crazybull is a Sociology Undergraduate at the University of Lethbridge. She has produced three audio documentaries which have aired nationally. Lauren’s focus is the intergenerational effects caused by the implementation of residential schools in Canada and the ongoing issue of violence against indigenous women. Her work on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is continuous.
Date: Thursday, May 14,2015 Time: Noon - 1:30 PM (30 minutes each for presentation, lunch and Q & A) Location: Country Kitchen Catering (lower level of the Keg) 1715 Mayor Magrath Dr. S Cost: $11.00 (includes lunch) or $2.00 (includes coffee/tea at the presentation)