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CANADA: Rampant resource development in northeast BC puts Indigenous women and girls at heightened risk of violence

    November 01, 2016

    AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL
    MEDIA ADVISORY

    CANADA: Rampant resource development in northeast BC puts Indigenous women and girls at HEIGHTENED risk of VIOLENCE

    Vancouver – On November 3, Amnesty International will launch a new report at a press conference in Vancouver documenting how unchecked resource development and government policy failures have put Indigenous women and girls at increased risk of violence and human rights violations in northeast British Colombia, Canada.

    The report, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, demonstrates how resource development has eroded the land base that provides the foundation for First Nations and Métis health and wellness in the region, while influxes of transient workers have driven up local prices and strained the social fabric. Increased rates of violent crime and diminished access to social services have placed Indigenous women and girls at increased risk of harm, while denying them the protections and support they need.

    First Nations activists from Fort St John will speak alongside Amnesty International’s report authors. Speakers include:

    • Connie Greyeyes, Cree community activist and co-founder of Fort St. John Women Warriors
    • Helen Knott, Social worker and community activist, from Prophet River First Nation
    • Judy Maas, Health Director for Splatin band and sister of Cynthia Maas from Blueberry River First Nations (murdered along the Highway of Tears in central BC)
    • Jacqueline Hansen, Amnesty International Canada Campaigner for Women’s Rights
    • Craig Benjamin, Amnesty International Canada Campaigner for Indigenous Rights

    EVENT DETAILS:

    • LOCATION: UBC Robson Square, the Sunroom, 800 Robson St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 3B7
    • TIME: 10:00 local Pacific Time, 13:00 Eastern Time, 17:00 GMT
    • DIAL IN: Media may dial in to the press conference at 1-866-999-9779 from North America or +1-613-237-7535 from overseas, dial-in code 17195892
    • A/V: A media feed will be available for broadcast media at the venue
    • BROLL from Fort St John will be available for broadcast outlets

    FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES or to request an advance copy of the report and media materials, please contact:

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