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Indigenous women across Canada come forward with accounts of forced sterilization, says lawyer – Radio Canada International

by ahnationtalk on April 18, 201992 Views

A proposed class action lawsuit alleging the coerced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada is turning up reports from more than one hundred women who say it happened to them.

“Some of the women did not realize that physicians, nurses, other health care professionals, the government — couldn’t make decisions for them about their bodies,” said Alisa Lombard, Saskatchewan-based lawyer and a partner of Semaganis Worme Lombard.

Lombard said the reports are coming from the Northwest Territories (central Arctic), Yukon (western Arctic), Manitoba (Prairies), Ontario (East), Alberta (Prairies), B.C. (West), and Quebec (East).

“It’s important to highlight how traumatizing these practices have been and how difficult it is for women to come forward and talk about and disclose what happened to them,” she said.

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