Call for Participation: Virtual Forum on Violence against Indigenous Women

February 6th to March 10th, 2017


The Canadian Association of Latin American and Caribbean Studies (CALACS) cordially invites participants for its Second Virtual Forum:


Violence, of all kinds, against Indigenous women, is a crucial issue. There is an epidemic of violence against Indigenous women in the Americas. The March 2016 murder of Indigenous environmental activist Berta Cáceres in Honduras is but one recent example. In Canada, a report by NWAC (2015) reported that Aboriginal women are eight times more likely to experience a violent death than their non-Aboriginal counterparts. On December 8, 2015, the Government of Canada formally announced the launch of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls to seek recommendations on concrete measures to address and prevent systemic violence against Indigenous Women.

This Virtual Forum on Violence Against Indigenous Women in the Americas seeks to bring an intersectional and multi-scalar approach to bear on the issue of violence against Indigenous women and girls. Intersectionality captures the multiple and overlapping dimensions of Indigenous womens oppression as racialized, gendered, and classed subjects, as well as the domination, exclusion and discrimination systems to which they are linked. The multi- scalar approach eschews simple dichotomies between national and transnational spaces to analyze local, regional, and trans-Indigenous strategies and experiences for social change.

To address this complexity, we propose a multidirectional dialogue on the issue, one that incorporates the voices, experiences, and expertise of Indigenous womens rights activists, leaders, and scholars from Canada and Latin America and the Caribbean. We also welcome the participation of people from any gender orientation or identification. The On-Line Forum aims at establishing a virtual and safe space to share information, experiences and analysis, for networking, and for the formulation of ideas that can enhance our understanding of processes related to the contexts, roots and causes, as well as adaptation and innovation around this violence. It seeks the construction of dialogues in a collegial way.

The forum will follow 3 major foci:

  • Defining violence against Indigenous women from decolonizing perspectives
  • Contexts, structural roots and social processes
  • Strategies for prevention, defense and visibilization of all forms of violence against Indigenous Women

We cordially invite the participation of Indigenous peoples and their organizations, non-governmental organizations that work on these issues and who collaborate with Indigenous peoples, specialized academic institutions and researchers, graduate and advanced undergraduate students, governmental organizations and agencies, and regional and local communal authorities.

The Forum will be coordinated by Dolores Figueroa, CIESAS Mexico; Stéphane Guimont Marceau, Ottawa University; Vivian Jimenez Estrada, Algoma University; and Roberta Rice, University of Calgary.

Coordinators will propose academic and non-academic reading material and launch the conversation for each thematic area. Each participant will then be invited to engage as desired with the conversation, answering questions of the coordinators or comments from other participants, sharing experiences or communicating thoughts and analysis. Participation is free of cost and is expected following everyones own availability, forum is accessible 24 hours/7 days. Discussions and suggested readings well be mostly in English and Spanish. Coordinators will work at providing insights of the discussions in each language to increase the dialogue. Support with other languages could also be provided if needed.

The Forum will begin on February 6th for a 5-week program, which includes a one week session to open the space and for participants to familiarize with the on-line platform, followed by a 4-week session for exchange based on the 3 axes. The final axis will include concluding reflections. 

Interested participants must register between February 6th and 10th 2017 by completing the registration form Registered participants will receive a certificate of participation upon completion of the forum. Questions or concerns about the forum can be directed to calacsvirtualforum(at)

Participants are encouraged, though not required, to become members of CALACS to help ensure the financial sustainability of this and future activities. You may renew your membership or join CALACS here.

Date / Deadline: 

Monday, February 6, 2017 to Friday, March 10, 2017

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