How a self-defence course is arming Indigenous women with the tools to heal – CBC

‘We are all in this together,’ says Patty Stonefish, who created Arming Sisters in 2013

December 18, 2018

With her commanding presence, 27-year-old Patty Stonefish lays out the ground rules to a room full of women and girls in East Vancouver, who have come together to learn self-defence.

There is no room for apologizing.

“If you say sorry in here and it’s not needed, you’re doing 10 squats. I can’t stand this word,” says Stonefish.

“We say sorry for simply existing. We say sorry for simply speaking.”

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