Dozens within Winnipeg’s indigenous community attended a meeting on Monday that focused on safety while riding in a taxicab.
The Southern Chiefs Organization (SCO), Ma Mawi Wi Chi Itata Centre and Ikwe Safe Ride put on the forum at the Indian and Metis Friendship Centre in the North End.
“In the Indigenous community within Winnipeg we’ve heard a large number of Indigenous people come forward that they’ve experienced some sort of negative experience such as harassment, discrimination and even violence ” said Violence Prevention and Safety Coordinator with the SCO, Shauna Fontaine.
Women have even reported being asked by the driver for sexual favours in exchange for a ride, according to Fontaine.
“There’s a perception that Indigenous women are easy or promiscious and are willing to put out for a free ride,” Fontaine said.
The goal of the meeting was to hear the stories and take their findings to the Taxicab Board.
“In so many situations government and institutions actually rely on that data, so this is one way to capture some of that data that we’re hearing from community members that this actually going on,” Fontaine said.