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Sheila Hunt…
Decolonizing
Anti-Trafficking
Sarah Hunt, PhD
Assistant Professor, UBC
Kwagiulth, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation
Octobe...
1997 North American regional consultative
forum on trafficking in women
• Little mention of Indigenous women in
Canada
• I...
Key factors in sexual exploitation identified by
communities:
• Transportation
• Safe housing
• Intergenerational abuse
• ...
Sisters in Spirit Research
By trying to fit cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal
women into the trafficking box, we se...
"It is a sociological
issue — one that
arises from, among
other things, a high-
risk lifestyle," said
B.C. Supreme Court
J...
"She came to my house, she
met my son, that's all that
happened," Fontaine said,
adding she only spent an hour
with Tina, ...
Sheila Hunt…All My Relations
SWAN: the Hidden Harms of Human Trafficking, Dr. Sarah Hunt
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SWAN: the Hidden Harms of Human Trafficking, Dr. Sarah Hunt

  1. 1. Sheila Hunt… Decolonizing Anti-Trafficking Sarah Hunt, PhD Assistant Professor, UBC Kwagiulth, Kwakwaka’wakw Nation October 2015, Coast Salish Territories
  2. 2. 1997 North American regional consultative forum on trafficking in women • Little mention of Indigenous women in Canada • Indigenous issues in Canada linked to international issues related to migration • Call for Indigenous women to be included in shaping services for victims of violence • More information was needed
  3. 3. Key factors in sexual exploitation identified by communities: • Transportation • Safe housing • Intergenerational abuse • Silence and shame related to abuse • Poverty • Residential school trauma • Racism • Slow or inadequate legal response
  4. 4. Sisters in Spirit Research By trying to fit cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women into the trafficking box, we serve only to diminish or hide what we know to be true about their experiences. --Native Women’s Association of Canada, 2010
  5. 5. "It is a sociological issue — one that arises from, among other things, a high- risk lifestyle," said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Glen Parrett.
  6. 6. "She came to my house, she met my son, that's all that happened," Fontaine said, adding she only spent an hour with Tina, and that her cousin mostly hung out with her aunts in another suite. "I had my kids. I was four years sober. I was doing really really good for myself," she said. But she said all that changed when she heard Tina had been killed and her body dumped in the river.
  7. 7. Sheila Hunt…All My Relations

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