Canada’s justice system holds Indigenous women at fault for ‘ending up murdered,’ says NDP MLA – CBC

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Supreme Court to decide whether Bradley Barton will face a new trial over death of Cindy Gladue

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Canada’s justice system paints Indigenous women as being at fault for crimes committed against them, according to Nahanni Fontaine, an NDP Member of Manitoba’s legislative assembly.

Discussing the 2011 death of Cindy Gladue, Fontaine said that the language in her trial constructed “Indigenous women as welcoming violence against their bodies and their persons, or inviting that and somehow being at fault for ultimately … ending up murdered.”

Gladue bled to death in the bathtub of an Edmonton hotel room in 2011. An Ontario truck driver, Bradley Barton, was charged in her death, but acquitted at trial. The defence argued that Gladue, a sex worker, had engaged in consensual sex that night, despite an 11-centimetre wound to her vaginal wall.

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