Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin – I am a Kind Man acknowledges that sexism and male privilege are contributing factors to the prevalence of violence against Indigenous women. There are obvious examples of sexism directed at women in everyday life such as being told they are unable to do something because they are a woman, or being told “this is a man’s job”. Commenting on a woman’s appearance, although men may be intending it as a compliment, can also be received as sexism and harassment.
The Kizhaay Anishinaabe Niin (I am a kind man) program strives to action the Calls for Justice outlined in the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. This includes calls for Justice 5.3 and 5.16; and Calls to Action 31 and 37:
3.2: We call upon all governments to provide adequate, stable, equitable, and ongoing funding for Indigenous-centred and community-based health and wellness services that are accessible and culturally appropriate, and meet the health and wellness needs of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. The lack of health and wellness services within Indigenous communities continues to force Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people to relocate in order to access care. Governments must ensure that health and wellness services are available and accessible within Indigenous communities and wherever Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people reside.
3.3: We call upon all governments to fully support First Nations, Inuit, and Métis communities to call on Elders, Grandmothers, and other Knowledge Keepers to establish community-based trauma-informed programs for survivors of trauma and violence.
3.4: We call upon all governments to ensure that all Indigenous communities receive immediate and necessary resources, including funding and support, for the establishment of sustainable, permanent, no-barrier, preventative, accessible, holistic, wraparound services, including mobile trauma and addictions recovery teams. We further direct that trauma and addictions treatment programs be paired with other essential services such as mental health services and sexual exploitation and trafficking services as they relate to each individual case of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
5.3: We call upon the federal government to review and reform the law about sexualized violence and intimate partner violence, utilizing the perspectives of feminist and Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
7.3: We call upon all governments and health service providers to support Indigenous-led prevention initiatives in the areas of health and community awareness, including, but not limited to programming:
- for Indigenous men and boys
- related to suicide prevention strategies for youth and adults
- related to sexual trafficking awareness and no-barrier exiting
- specific to safe and healthy relationships
- specific to mental health awareness related to 2SLGBTQQIA issues and sex positivity