Montreal’s Indigenous homeless women face roadblocks in quest for justice – CBC

by ahnationtalk on June 1, 2018136 Views

SPVM Aboriginal liaison officer says the force is open to adapting to fit Indigenous community’s needs

Jun 01, 2018

On any given week, Jessica Quijano estimates she hears two or three complaints of sexual assault from her clients — predominantly homeless Indigenous women staying in Montreal’s west end.

But she says helping victims navigate the legal system with their complaints ranges from challenging to impossible.

It’s a system that’s rigged against them, she says.

“Because they’re more vulnerable, it really isn’t a fair system,” said Quijano, who co-ordinates the Iskwei project of the Native Women’s Shelter, a government-funded program to support imperilled Indigenous women.

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