In 2014, the Quebec Native Women’s association was granted a small amount of money from the Quebec Ministry of Justice to work on the issue of MMIW in the province. Before moving forward though, our organization insisted that the question of MMIW in Quebec had not yet been documented, and needed to be in order to insure appropriate and adapted intervention. As such, the organization hired an Indigenous research assistant, and together, Annie Bergeron and Alana Boileau interviewed over fifty people to explore the matter of MMIW in the French speaking province.
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While advocacy on the domestic level is vital, violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women also has implications in the international arena. Violence against women is a pervasive human rights violation and the situation indigenous women face is particularly dire. International experts have found that indigenous women often suffer disproportionate and multiple forms of violence and higher rates of murder than other women. Advocacy at the international level can complement and strengthen advocacy efforts on the domestic level.
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