Robbed of Fertility, Indigenous Women Fight Back

In the US and Canada, pro-sterilization policies aimed at controlling indigenous populations are widely regarded as a shameful relic of colonization and 20th century eugenics.
In the 1960s and 1970s, thousands of indigenous women underwent the procedure—shrinking families.
While its pro-sterilization laws have been repealed, Canada still has no outright ban on forced sterilization. And in the past 4 years, more than 100 women in Saskatchewan have come forward saying they’ve experienced it firsthand.
Their class action lawsuit demands broad reforms and “most importantly, perhaps… a recognition of colonial and genocidal practices that never ended,” writes Ankita Rao in this must-read story.

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