International Women’s Day

Sorry for the late International Women’s Day post!

I had no idea what to write today for International women’s day. Yes, I know it’s officially over, but I still had to write something to celebrate it.

I love being a female. Most importantly, I love being an Aboriginal female. I write this post in dedication to the women, whether Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal, who I have met in my life (and those I have yet to meet).

I did write about three Aboriginal female who I think are great role models and great individuals that anyone could look up to, whether Aboriginal or non-Aboriginal

Check out their posts below:

International Women’s Day: Lisa Charleyboy

A fellow blogger at Urban Native Girl Stuff.

I think she is a great role model for young Aboriginal women, everywhere…Just like Jessica Yee, Lynzii Taibossigai (see posts below).

I have not had the opportunity to meet Lisa Charleyboy… yet! I am sure one day in my journey… She seems like a cool, up-beat, positive, well-spoken Aboriginal female–just like the two other Aboriginal females I shared with you for International Women’s Day.

Check out other International Women’s Day post below:

International Women’s Day: Jessica Yee

Here is a great woman I believe that should be recognized for her work she has done especially in Aboriginal communities, especially since she is a young Native female: Jessica Yee.

Check out the Native Youth Sexual Health Network founder’s bio.

Sorry no recent posts lately. Been focusing on school. Thought I would post a few things related to International Women’s Day. Since it was TODAY!

Dress For Rape

The article titled Judge’s rape ruling ‘disgusting’ has most certainly disgusted me.

After reading this article I am reminded of two other posts I had written relating to victimization of women. Those two posts are titled Dress Code For Sexual Assault and A Bit Excessive.

Having had friends who have been raped, and to see their calls for help go unanswered, this angers me. How can someone, like a judge, who has incredible power and authority suggest that the way the woman who was raped was dressed, she was basically calling for sex to happen? WTF!

Thankfully, we have the Canadian Judicial Council and someone like Minister Jennifer Howard, who is the minister responsible for “the status of women,” to help these women reclaim their voices and dignity back after being victimized not once but twice.

Solitary Confinement

Last year I had the opportunity to attend a conference and be apart of important changes to the Youth Criminal Justice Act and the Mental Health Act.

I am reminded of that conference experience when I read the article in the Globe and Mail titled Prisons grapple with increase in mentally ill female inmates.

The one thing that I would have liked to see included in that article would be the numbers of those women and their corresponding ethnic/racial background.

I only say this because in another article on another website I discovered in my research for my upcoming political science essay, I found this quote:

“In 2004, Renée was the first woman in Canada to be placed on the Management Protocol (MP), a punitive system which involves prolonged periods in solitary confinement…Currently, the four women on the MP are all Aboriginal women. Locked up for 23 hours per day in cells approximately 8′ x 12′, with access to an exercise yard of c.15 x 12 metres for the remaining hour, they have very restricted physical outlet for pent-up emotion..

This above quote was taken from the article titled, “Oppose Dangerous Offender Designation for Indigenous Women” on the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women website.

At the time this article was written (November 10, 2010), it states that the only four women on the MP (in solitary confinement) are Aboriginal. In the Globe and Mail article it states,

Women in maximum security, who often suffer the most serious mental problems, are not permitted to enter in-prison psychiatric units because they are deemed too dangerous.

I wonder if there is a connection or correlation to the number of women in prison and their ethnic background/mental health issues. In other words, are there are a high rate of Aboriginal women in prison who have mental health issues in solitary confinement/isolation cells?

As an Aboriginal woman, I would like to see that issue explored more.


Last night I went to a lecture on narcotics and prostitution.

It was a very eye-opening lecture.

What was really disappointing to me was, everyone was concerned what the government or police or other social agencies were doing to help this at-risk group. Not one was concerned about what the individual was doing for themselves. People think that people like this don’t want help. They do.

I asked a question in relation to the story told by a young woman who left the “work.” This question was: what can be done in the short term?

The answer: You cant do anything (not verbatim).

In the young lady’s story, there were periods where she would be clean for 30 days and it sounded like there was a bit of hope she had for herself. Then, she would fall back into the old habit of drugs and prostitution.

This hope, no matter how big or small, is what needs attention.

Currently there are 240 prostitutes in London. In 2005, there were 48. Since then, 10 have died and 17 have exited.

I wonder how many of those women are Aboriginal?