Investigate it, Stop it, Ensure justice
Amnesty International is advocating alongside partner organizations to end forced and coerced sterilization of Indigenous peoples in Canada. We are calling on government to do three things: investigate it, stop it, and ensure justice for survivors.
Canadian and international media are reporting on the ongoing practice of coerced of forced sterilizations of Indigenous women in Canada. Here’s what you need to know.
What is forced sterilization and coerced sterilization?
Forced sterilization is when a person is sterilized (via tubal ligation) without their knowledge or informed consent.
“Sterilization under coercion” is when people give their consent for the procedure, but on the basis of incorrect information (i.e. women being told the procedure is reversable) or other coercive tactics such as intimidation or that conditions are attached to sterilization, such as financial incentives or access to health services.
Forced and coerced sterilizations are a form of gender-based violence and torture.
Where to disclose
If you are an Indigenous woman in Canada and you have been sterilized without your free, full, and informed consent, and you want to confidentially disclose what happened to you, you may wish to contact Semaganis Worm Lombard Law, the Indigenous law firm leading the proposed class action law suit representing Indigenous women who were sterilized without their consent. See Semaganis Worme Lombard Law website for details. You can fill out their online form, and an Indigenous woman lawyer will contact you by phone. Health supports are available from Hope for Wellness Helpline.