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 Indigenous People and Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. February 22, 2023

Indigenous People and Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking

Key Points

  1. Human trafficking and exploitation has been happening to Indigenous Peoples since first contact with settlers.
  2. Indigenous girls are recruited into human trafficking and e xploitation because they face more barriers because of colonization and its ongoing legacy.
  3. Indigenous women have been and are still sexualized today increasing their vulnerability to become people experiencing human trafficking and exploitation .
  4. Indigenous women and girls were and are still being raised and rising up to be the leaders that they were intended to be.
  5. I ssues ar ound colonization and its on going legacy need to be addressed by ALL .
  6. Sexual exploitation and sex t rafficking pre vention education is important! We need to be providing this in the schools, to pare nts, guardians, educator s, law enforcement, judges, and prosecutors. We need to keep talking and providing education and awareness to anyone that will listen.
  7. It is easier to build up healthy children than it is to heal an adult that has been trafficked and exploited.

Additional Resources

Powerpoint Presentation

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline: 1 - 833 - 900 - 1010 OR TEXT 233733

(The Hotline is operating 24 hours, 7 days a week)

For More Information Abou t the Human Trafficking Hotline:

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Book cover of Wolf Woman. A search for identity. Beatrice Wolfe.


Wolf Woman : A Search for Identity by Beatrice Wolfe

Beatrice Wolfe's story is like those of so many of her Indigenous brothers and sisters. It’s the story of rejection and deceit. It’s the story of abuse and shame. It’s the story that many of her friends, family members, and her beautiful mom were never abl e to tell because their lives were cut short. She tells her story so that people can watch out for women and young girls who are being exploited, not because they choose to be, but because life dealt them a bad hand.

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  • Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls:   The National Inq uiry’s Final Report reveals that persistent and deliberate human and Indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The two volume report calls for transformative legal and social changes to resolve the crisis that has devastated Indigenous communities across the country. The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross - country public hearings and evidence gathering. It delivers 231 individual Calls for Justice directed at governments, institutions, social service providers, industries and all Canadians.
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  • Dissertation : Indigenous Women and Girls and the Canadian Anti - Human Trafficking Approach by Rachele Lamont   While Canada has made significant steps in developing and implementing a national anti - trafficking response, it has incorporated colonial structures and practices that do not help in identifying, protecting, and assisting Indigenous women and girls as victims of domestic sex trafficking. This paper will explore how the colo nial structures and patterns of control, oppression, sexism, patriarchy, and sexual violence have been reproduced and sustained within Canada’s current national anti - trafficking approach, thus placing Indigenous women and girls in high - risk positions of be ing overlooked, becoming, and remaining victims of domestic sex trafficking within this country.
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Performance for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women:

How do we stop Aboriginal women from disappearing? TEDx Calgary


NAHO History Organization

NAHO is a history organisation that focuses on the history and education of indigenous people. Our efforts are dedicated to the fulfilment of the rights of the Aboriginal people. However, we continue to alter our goals, vision, and mission to include a better strategic approach to addr ess inequities concerning Aboriginal education. Our organisation has the vision to promote historical relevant, resilient, secured, and vibrant Aboriginal families and communities. We aim at achieving cultural, social, emotional, and education for all Abo riginal people.

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Native Women Association of Canada

We are a National Indigenous Organization representing the political voice of Indigenous women, girls and gender - diverse people in Canada , inclusive of First Nations on and off reserve, status and non - status, disenfranchised, Métis and Inuit. We were founded on the collective goal to enhance, promote and foster the social, economic, cultural and political well - being of Indigenous women with in their respective communities and Canada societies.

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