The Current Situation
Indigenous communities have been traumatized by the ongoing violence against women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA individuals. They are victims of sexual exploitation, human trafficking, racism, and unconscionable levels of domestic violence.
The Truth and Reconciliation Report (TRC) was completed in 2015, and The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Report (MMIWG) was completed in 2019. In addition, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP) clearly outlines basic rights that must be provided for all Indigenous people.
While these documents and reports have existed for many years, many of the calls to action contained in these reports remain unanswered.
At the same time, statistics for Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG), women, girls, two-spirit and transgender persons have been increasing. Combined with stresses related to the COVID pandemic and traumas associated with finding bodies of Indigenous children at former residential school sites, these numbers are expected to climb.
Indigenous women are seven times more likely to be murdered
One in five Indigenous women experienced physical or psychological violence in the past three months
Aboriginal youth account for almost 50% of young people who are sexually exploited in Canada
(while Indigenous people make up 5% of the Canadian population)
Current rehabilitation practices are not working. To heal the heart of our communities, we must move beyond the current systems that disengage and disempower these communities. The Clan Mothers Healing Village and Knowledge Centre is a direct response to the original calls to action.