Petition to the Government of Canada
Coerced and forced sterilization is in contravention of Canadian Human Rights legislation as it denies women of their basic human right to have children.
The widespread practice of coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women has been occurring across Canada since the 1930s;
There is minimal awareness of the issue of coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women among health care providers, the general public and Indigenous women.
The 2017 report written by Dr. Judith Bartlett and Dr. Yvonne Boyer - External Review: Tubal Ligation in the Saskatoon Health Region: The Lived Experience of Aboriginal Women - highlighted that the issue persists in Canada;
Coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women has not been addressed in Canadian public policy although the practice is clearly unlawful under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
There is no national health policy to stop the heinous act of coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women and this needs to be changed to protect these women; and
In December 2018, the United Nations Committee Against Torture officially recognized that sterilizing Indigenous women without consent is a form of torture, and called on Canada to take action.
We, the undersigned, Business and Professional Women Bowmanville, call upon the Government of Canada to end coerced and forced sterilization of Indigenous women.