Laws allowing for the sterilization of Indigenous women officially ended in B.C. and Alberta in 1973 and 1972, respectively they were the only two provinces with written legislation allowing this horrendous practice, but there is clear research confirming that forced sterilization occurred in other parts of Canada as well. There is also a plethora of evidence that this practice didn’t stop when the legislation was repealed. There is evidence that forced sterilization continues to this day.1
NWAC has been working with partners Amnesty International, Action Canada and Inter Pares to bring national attention to this serious issue and to advocate for immediate action by the Canadian government, the provinces, and medical authorities to bring an end to the forced and coerced sterilization of Indigenous women. NWAC has testified before the Senate and has issued statements supporting the victims before the United Nations and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, as well as to the Canadian government.