Book By Indigenous Women Offers Insight Into Canadian Street Gangs

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By Chevi Rabbit, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

(ANNews) – Six Indigenous women, each with a history of a street lifestyle, have co-authored a book with Robert Henry (Metis, Prince Albert), Assistant Professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Saskatchewan. The written experiences and photographs of Amber, Bev, Chantel, Jazmyme, Faith, and Jorgina form the book Indigenous Women and Street Gangs: Survivance Narratives published recently by University of Alberta Press.
Many non-Indigenous Canadians will not understand what it’s like to be an Indigenous woman born into poverty within a country that systematically discriminates against them based on the colour of their skin tone, socioeconomic background, cultural identity, or ethnic background.
Many non-Indigenous Canadians however will read about street gangs in local newspapers and watch their local news talk about Indigenous street gangs. They might never understand the root causes that lead some Indigenous populations to live on...continued.

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