Safety in taxis for Indigenous women in Winnipeg a long-standing concern: advocates

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By Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

For years both Albert McLeod and Nahanni Fontaine have been advocating for the safety of Indigenous women in Winnipeg, and for years both have been told the stories and the accounts of times where Indigenous women have stepped into a taxi cab in this city, and said they did not feel that they were safe.
“We have heard so many times just through word of mouth where women and often young girls have felt vulnerable in a taxi,” McLeod, a board member of the Winnipeg-based Manitoba Moon Voices (MMV) organization said.
“It is something that we hear all the time, and we’ve been hearing it for a long time.”
MMV works in a number of ways to empower Indigenous women in Manitoba, and help them to succeed, and McLeod said looking out for the safety of women and girls is an important aspect of what they do.
When news came to light recently that charges had been laid against a Unicity Taxi driver after an incident back in September involving an Indigenous woman, McLeod said he hoped the incident would “start a conversation” about the taxi cab industry in this city, and its dealings with Indigenous women and girls.
On Oct. 6, Winnipeg Police charged a Unicity Taxi driver with forcible confinement and assault in the case of Serenity Morrisseau, a 19-year-old Indigenous woman who alleges the driver assaulted her, locked her in the car, and dragged her with the vehicle, during an incident in...continued

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