Walking Together: Ontario's Long-Term Strategy to End Violence Against Indigenous Women


In every act of violence against an Indigenous woman, there is a singular tragedy and a collective failing.

One act of violence submerges victims in pain and despair — a heartbreaking, lifealtering reality for too many Indigenous sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, grandmothers and their families. Countless acts of violence, spread over time and across communities, submerge us all. This is the moving water that surrounds us — a current that sweeps Indigenous lives away and erodes the bedrock of a fair and prosperous society. We want Ontario to be a place of fairness. And yet, violence affects First Nation, Métis and Inuit women more than any other group in our society.

We want Ontario to be a place of opportunity. And yet, the fastest-growing segment of our population is Indigenous youth and, when they witness violence, it robs them of the opportunity to succeed. We want Ontario to be a place of equality. And yet, inequality due to misogyny, sexism, poverty, racism and discrimination from Canada’s colonial past persists, making Indigenous women especially vulnerable to violence and preventing entire Indigenous communities from reaching their full potential.

Publication date: 
Feb 2016
Tracy Maccharles & David Zimmer
Government of Canada
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