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Joint statement calling on Canada to end sterilization without consent

Across Canada and as recently as 2017, Indigenous women report being forcibly or coercively sterilized. Some women were incorrectly told the procedure is reversible. Others were separated from their babies until they consented to a tubal ligation.

Sterilizing women without their free, full, and informed consent is a form of violence and torture. Measures to prevent births within ethnic or racial groups is explicitly prohibited by the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

The BCCLA along with 72 organizations  have endorsed a joint statement calling for government action to defend consent and end forced sterilization of Indigenous women in Canada.

Read the full letter in English

Read the full letter in French