Quebec Indigenous groups collecting stories of forced sterilization – CBC

Sep 24, 2021

Researchers hope ‘wall of silence’ will be broken, lack of data in province addressed

Tired of waiting for Quebec to acknowledge reports of forced sterilization, a group of Indigenous researchers, women’s groups, health-care providers and others are collecting testimonies from First Nations and Inuit women to document the practice in the province.

And they are hoping to encourage more people to come forward between now and mid-October.

What’s known as forced or imposed sterilization has been documented in some other provinces, such as British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan, but there is a “glaring lack of relevant data” in Quebec, according to the group.

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