11 October 2016

On 3 August 2016, the federal government formally launched the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. In a text published in Policy Options, 2016 Trudeau scholar Cherry Smiley expressed her belief that the inquiry would benefit from addressing the roots of the problem. Indigenous girls are tackling specific issues of sexual violence and exploitation that can trap them into abusive and violent relationships with men when they grow up. Acknowledging and understanding these issues of power and inequality (sexism, racism, classism) will provide some specific solutions for improving Indigenous women and girls’ lives.

Read the entire article here.

Cherry Smiley

Cherry Smiley (communications, Concordia University). Cherry’s research aims to help end sexualized violence against Indigenous women and girls in Canada.

2016 Scholars