In collaboration with Justice for Girls and Just Planet, the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA) has made a joint submission to the Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (EMRIP) in response to a call for proposals on “The Militarization of Indigenous Lands: A Human
Rights Focus.”

In this submission, we urge EMRIP to emphasize the specific, disproportionate, harmful impacts of militarization of Indigenous lands on Indigenous women and girls, highlighting the special and indivisible relationship between Indigenous land rights and the full realization of human rights. Further, we urge EMRIP to expose the connection between militarization of Indigenous lands and the violence and exploitation of extractive industries, ongoing colonialism, and the ecological disaster of climate change. We offer Canada as an illustrative example.

You can read the full submission here.

The submission was prepared by:

Zoe Craig-Sparrow, MA (Human Rights, London), David Suzuki Fellow
Annabel Webb, MA (UBC) MSt (International Human Rights Law, Oxon), David Suzuki Fellow
Pamela Palmater, Mi’kmaq Lawyer and Chair in Indigenous Governance, Ryerson University
Shelagh Day, CM, Human Rights Committee Chair, FAFIA
Shivangi Misra, LLM, Senior Manager of Human Rights, FAFIA
Kathleen Maloney, MA (Stanford) MSt (International Human Rights Law, Oxon) JD (Arizona)