An act of genocide colonialism and the sterilization of Aboriginal women


  • Author: Stote, Karen
    Contributor: Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association

    During the 1900s eugenics gained favour as a means of controlling the birth rate among "undesirable" populations in Canada. Though many people were targeted, the coercive sterilization of one group has gone largely unnoticed. An Act of Genocide unpacks long-buried archival evidence to begin documenting the forced sterilization of Aboriginal women in Canada. Grounding this evidence within the context of colonialism, the oppression of women and the denial of Indigenous sovereignty, Karen Stote argues that this coercive sterilization must be considered in relation to the larger goals of Indian policy -- to gain access to Indigenous lands and resources while reducing the numbers of those to whom the federal government has obligations. This lucid, engaging book explicitly challenges Canadians to take up their responsibilities as treaty partners, to reconsider their history and to hold their government to account for its treatment of Indigenous peoples.

    • Eugenics, feminism and the woman question
    • Indian policy and aboriginal women
    • Sterilization, birth control and abusive abortions
    • Settling the past
    • Canada, genocide and aboriginal peoples.
    Language(s): English
    ISBN: 9781552667545
    Collection(s)/Series: Atlantic Canadian collection