Women, Peace & Security

Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

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The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action and Dr. Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University have written a report documenting the terrible effects the COVID-19 pandemic is having on Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

The report was written in response to the call for input by Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, as he drafts his report for the UN General Assembly on the Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Peoples.

The 24-page document highlights four key priority areas;

  1. Deteriorating socio-economic conditions increases risk of infection;
  2. Gendered violence, exploitation, disappearances and murders of Indigenous women and girls;
  3. Pandemic measures used to breach Indigenous Rights; and
  4. Inadequacy of Federal and Provincial COVID-19 response measures.

Find the full report and recommendations here.