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FAFIA is an alliance of women's organizations at the national, provincial, territorial, and local levels.

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Our mandate is to advance women’s equality in Canada by working for the full implementation of the international human rights treaties and agreements that Canada has ratified.

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Bill S-3 Victory

Bill S-3 Victory

For over 143 years, First Nations women and their descendants have had to fight a long and winding battle to dismantle the sex-based discrimination that has been perpetuated by the Indian Act. On August 15, 2019, these women, advocates, and communities celebrated a momentous victory for gender equality as the Government of Canada finally brought the outstanding provisions of Bill S-3 into force. These final Bill S-3 provisions will eliminate remaining sex-based inequities from the Indian Act and abolish the 1951 cut-off from the Indian Act registration provisions.

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Media Advisory | Impact of COVID-19: Canada’s Continuing Violations of the Human Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

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MEDIA ADVISORY

Impact of COVID-19: Canada’s Continuing Violations of the Human Rights of Indigenous Women and Girls

For immediate release (Toronto, June 25, 2020) – Canada has consistently failed to remedy the violations of the human rights of Indigenous women and girls and their communities, which the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls found to be genocide. This context of unabated racialized and sexualized violence is exacerbated by COVID-19, and forces Indigenous women and girls into precarious situations, increasing their risk of infection and death from the virus and their vulnerability to violence. Dr. Pamela Palmater, Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University and the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) have made submissions to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, outlining the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous women and girls in Canada.   Date: Thursday, June 25, 2020 Time: 8:00 AM EST Access to Submissions: Please read the submission to the Special Rapporteur on Dr. Pamela Palmater’s website and FAFIA’s website. Contact Information: Dr. Pamela Palmater Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University ppalmater@ryerson.ca   Lara Koerner Yeo Co-Chair, The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) lkoerneryeo@protonmail.com

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Report: Impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada

Impact of COVID-19: Canada’s Continuous Human Rights Violations Against Indigenous Women and Girls

Canada has consistently failed to remedy the human rights violations committed against Indigenous women and their communities which is exacerbated by COVID-19, and forces them into precarious situations – both on and off reserve – increasing their risks of infections and death from the virus and increasing their vulnerability to violence. The Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University, and The Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA), have submitted a report to the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of Indigenous Peoples, Jose Francisco Cali Tzay, outlining the key impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous women and girls in Canada. Read the full report
here.

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