At least 22 Indigenous women underwent forced sterilization in Quebec from 1980-2019: report – CBC

Researchers call on province to recognize existence of systemic racism in Quebec

Nov 24, 2022

Researchers at a Quebec university collected the stories of more than 35 First Nations and Inuit women, who recounted their experiences with forced sterilization and imposed abortions in Quebec — a practice that had not been studied in the province.

Of the 35 accounts in the report released today, there were 22 cases of forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Quebec since 1980. The report attributes the practice to systemic racism — something the Coalition Avenir Québec has refused to acknowledge — and calls for an end to it.

“In Canada, imposed sterilization fits into a continuum of colonial violence that continues to this day,” the report says.

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