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  • Violence against Indigenous Women | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    of 30 years 43 of the cases of missing women and girls have occurred during or since 2000 55 of the cases of murder and 43 of disappearances occurred during or since 2000 Although Aboriginal women represent only 3 of the Canadian population they are over represented as victims of racialized sexualized violence and too often targeted because of their gender and their Aboriginal identity Adapted from Native Women Association of Canada s backgrounder Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women Why is this happening Widespread racism and poverty continue to expose Indigenous women to a heightened risk of violence while denying them adequate protection by police and government services Deep inequalities in living conditions and access to government services have pushed many Indigenous women into situations where there is a greatly heightened risk of violence The same inequalities have also denied many Indigenous women access to the services and support such as emergency shelters needed to escape violence Until 1985 marrying a non Aboriginal person resulted in Aboriginal women losing their status as Indian as well as their right to live on reserve and their ability to access other programs and services Thousands of women were forced off reserves and suffered cultural isolation The legacy of the residential school system moreover resulted in a cycle of trauma and abuse that has impacted multiple generations of Aboriginal women and men Additional government policies in the 1960s allowed the removal of Aboriginal children from their communities and placed them in non Aboriginal homes This resulted in the break up of families loss of cultural identity and in many cases trauma and abuse At the same time it appears that some men seek out Indigenous women as targets for extreme acts of violence These acts of violence against Indigenous women may be motivated by

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  • Gender discrimination against Aboriginal Women | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    Act in 1985 remedied that almost Within months of the amendments McIvor applied along with her children for registration as Status Indians of Lower Nicola Valley band In February 1987 she learned that she the daughter of an Indian woman and a Non status Indian man could be recognized as a Status Indian but her children could not Thus began her lengthy ordeal in the courts In June 2007 B C Supreme Court Justice Carol Ross rendered her decision Ross agreed with McIvor s stance of so many years the 1985 Indian Act status provisions she found contravene the Charter of Rights and Freedoms discriminating on the basis of sex and marriage Throughout this lengthy process Ms McIvor s challenge was supported by the Court Challenges program a non profit organization set up to provide financial assistance for important court cases that advance language and equality rights guaranteed under Canada s Constitution Enter Stephen Harper s Conservative Government Not only did the Attorney General of Canada make the decision to challenge Ms McIvor s victory but they also scrapped the Court Challenges program That didn t stop Sharon she took on the challenge and won again but with one major

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  • Aboriginal Persons and Climate Change | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    forests and 3 the consequences of rising temperature are grave enough to warrant global action In Canada the single largest threat to the environment is the development of the oil sands in the provinceof Alberta Defined by many as the largest industrial project in the world this process contributes climate change in a variety of ways Converting tar to oil requires huge quantities of natural gas water and energy Thee production of one barrel of tar sands oil releases three times more greenhouse gas emissions than does the production of a barrel of conventional oil There are plans to construct the MacKenzie pipeline from the Beaufort Seato the Albertapipeline system in the tarsands The Pembina Institute arguesthat carbon dioxide from the Mackenzie gas project and the fuel s end use would push Canada s greenhouse gas emissions 10 further away from its Kyoto Protocol commitment In 2003 emissions from the oil sands accounted for 3 4 per cent of Canada s total As the oil sands continue to grow Pembina projects that by 2010 they will account for 7 5 to 8 2 per cent of Canada s total emissions This massive industrial development is devastating Alberta s Boreal Forest

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  • UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    four Australia Canada New Zealandand the United States voted against the declaration Each of the four countries that opposed the declaration has large indigenous populations who own or have claims to huge land masses NB Australiahas since signed the Declaration While it is not binding in law the declaration represents the highest moral standard for the treatment of the world s estimated 370 million indigenous peoples It is written in a human rights framework that will guide government policies for indigenous communities and promote the participation of indigenous peoples in the political processes and decisions that affect them The UN Declaration lays out the minimum human rights necessary for the survival dignity and well being of the Indigenous peoples of the world These include the right of self determination protections from discrimination and genocide and recognition of rights to lands territories and resources that are essential to the identity health and livelihood of indigenous peoples Since then Australiahas reversed its decision and has signed on to the covenant The federal government however not only steadfastedly refuses to sign it but is actively working against its implementation All of this is having a damaging effect on Canada s international Human Rights

    Original URL path: http://ncr-rcn.psacadmin.ca/human-rights/un-decleration-rights-of-indigenous-peoples (2015-04-05)
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  • LGBT | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    LGBT Text size A A A LGBT Tweet REVP Statement on International Day Against Homophobia May 15 2012 Human Rights Sub Topics Aboriginal Persons LGBT Persons with a disability Racism Women Receive our E Newsletter Receive our e newsletter and stay in touch with all our news events and press releases Non work Email Address Postal Code Public Service Alliance of Canada Ottawa 11 Holland Suite 701 K1Y 4S1 Tel

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  • Persons with a disability | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    A Persons with a disability Tweet Defining Disability From a medical model to a social model of disability Jan 9 2013 Disability Quiz Jan 9 2013 Human Rights Sub Topics Aboriginal Persons LGBT Persons with a disability Racism Women Receive our E Newsletter Receive our e newsletter and stay in touch with all our news events and press releases Non work Email Address Postal Code Public Service Alliance of Canada

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  • Racism | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    Tweet White Privilege Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack Jan 9 2013 Expanding the Circle People who care about ending racism We need your help Jan 9 2013 Human Rights Sub Topics Aboriginal Persons LGBT Persons with a disability Racism Women Receive our E Newsletter Receive our e newsletter and stay in touch with all our news events and press releases Non work Email Address Postal Code Public Service Alliance of Canada

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  • Women | Public Service Alliance of Canada | National Capital Region
    2013 Ad Hoc Coalition for Women s Equality and Human Rights Stephen Harper s Index Pay Equity Jan 10 2013 Moving Us Forward Jan 9 2013 Canadian Women s History Jan 9 2013 Gender discrimination against Aboriginal Women Jan 9 2013 Human Rights Sub Topics Aboriginal Persons LGBT Persons with a disability Racism Women Receive our E Newsletter Receive our e newsletter and stay in touch with all our news

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