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Lily’s Story: The Feminization of Poverty

Narrated by Lily from Super Duper Strong Medicine Moose Man First Nation, this short animated video shows how migration to the city from the reserve is driven by the need for greater economic opportunities, but so hard for young families to survive in expensive, harsh urban conditions without the same access to education and money as others. Dubbed the “feminization of poverty” by scholars, this video reminds us that economic justice for Indigenous peoples belongs in the city, too.

This resource was created as part of the Yellowhead Institute Cash Back Red Paper. Picking up from Land Back, the first Red Paper by Yellowhead about the project of land reclamation, Cash Back looks at how the dispossession of Indigenous lands created a dependency on the state due to the loss of economic livelihood. Cash Back is about restitution from the perspective of stolen wealth.

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