My first time being called the S-word: Indigenous women share their stories

Warning: This video contains a derogatory term for Indigenous women, as well as stories about its impact, that some readers might find offensive or disturbing.

CBC News interviewed more than a dozen Indigenous women from the Prairies about their experiences being called a ‘sq–w.’

They called the slur dehumanizing and said it can have serious repercussions on how Indigenous women view themselves.

“All I think of when I hear that word is the times I’ve been called it, and it’s ripped the rug from under my feet,” said Erica Violet Lee.

But they’re also working to reclaim their power and pride.

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