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Racism, Sexism and how they affect Aboriginal women’s health


Solutions do exist, and these women strive to improve their conditions. During the 1970’s, Aboriginal women mobilized to fight back and gain equality, they wanted to regain their Indian status if they divorced and they wanted to stop oppression specific to them. Multiple women challenged the Indian Act in court but failed to win, however this changed when Lovelace went to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee to complain. After hearing her complaint, the UNHRC intervened and accused Canada of violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, embarrassing the Canadian government on the international scene (Barker, 2006, p. 140). This resulted in Bill C-31, which gave back Indian status to Aboriginal women who had lost it, with certain exceptions. Equally, other organisations such as the RCAP recommended the inclusion and increasing participation of Aboriginal women, to occupy mediating positions, to facilitate healthcare (Fiske & Browne, 2006, p. 95). Another article also suggests the training of psychotherapists in the field of intergenerational trauma to help Aboriginal women deal with it. There is still a lot of work to do, but the situation is getting better.

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