Lateral violence a ‘colonial hangover’ we need to heal: prof – APTN News

January 9, 2020

Bethany Maytwayashing knows too well the effects of lateral violence.

The 23-year-old Anishinaabekwe was one of several young women to draw attention to what they said was inappropriate messaging by a male political leader in Manitoba — a stand she knew would have repercussions from some within Indigenous communities, based on the lateral violence she’s witnessed and experienced throughout life.

“You got to have people there to help you. You need to find a support system that works for you and a lot of people don’t have that,” Maytwayashing said. “So you often find yourself feeling alone and that’s when the suicidal thoughts come in.

“I know this because I experienced it.”

The issue of lateral violence came to the forefront in the days after Inuk singer Kelly Fraser, 26, took her own life on Christmas Eve.

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