Book details

Publication date: September 2021
Features: Full colour, 56 photographs, references
Keywords: survivance; photovoice; Indigenous; street gang; critical gang studies; Saskatchewan; women; oral history; community engaged research; relational practice; justice; child welfare; education; health; social work; social services; criminology
Subject(s): SOCIAL SCIENCE / Indigenous Studies, Urban Studies, Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Studies / Indigenous Author(s), Gender & Sexuality, Gender & Sexuality / Women’s Studies, Creative Writing, Creative Writing / Auto/biography & Memoir, Sociology, Social Sciences / Race & Racism, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Women's Studies, survivance; photovoice; Indigenous; street gang; critical gang studies; Saskatchewan; women; oral history; community engaged research; relational practice; justice; child welfare; education; health; social work; social services; criminology, Indigenous Authors, Indigenous Studies, Urban Studies, Sociology, Indigenous peoples, Sociology, Crime and criminology, Criminology, Indigenous Studies / Urban Studies / Sociology, Social Sciences, TOPICAL / Women's Interest, History / Oral History
Publisher(s): The University of Alberta Press
Amber, Bev, Chantel, Jazmyne, Faith, and Jorgina are survivors. They have co-authored this book with Robert Henry (Métis, Prince Albert), Assistant Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.

"Indigenous Women and Street Gangs explores, in their own words, the women’s interactions with various systems—such as the education system, the child welfare system, and policing and the justice system—as well as the impacts of settler-colonialism, racism and intergenerational trauma on their lives. The women describe what ultimately led them to leave the street gangs and street lifestyles." Shannon Boklaschuk, University of Saskatchewan [Full article at]

"The stories of these six women provide a telling tale of how Canada’s colonial systems have failed Indigenous women.... Their ‘survivance’ is a testament to the resilience and strength of Indigenous women. I would highly recommend this book to women’s groups, organizations that deal with high-risk groups, ... law enforcement, educators, and social workers." Chevi Rabbit, The Toronto Star, November 24, 2021 [Article at]

"The narratives carry themes of trauma, violence, exclusion, removal through child welfare systems, and how Indigenous women feel they are perceived in street spaces and the community at large. Their stories point to the difficulties they faced with regard to policies, but also the ways they tried to better themselves and resist the ideas of being erased and taken—which gives rise to the word 'survivance.'" Thia James, Saskatoon StarPhoenix, December 2, 2021 [Full article at]

“They wanted individuals to begin to understand and see them as people, not as files or gang members but as individuals who have had to go through some more difficult things than others.” Robert Henry interviewed by Derek Craddock for Prince Albert's 101.5 Beach Radio []

"Many non-Indigenous Canadians will not understand what it's like to be an Indigenous woman born into poverty within a country that systematically discriminates against them based on the color of their skin tone, socioeconomic background, cultural identity, or ethnic background... They might never understand the root causes that led some Indigenous populations to live on the streets. That's what this book offers readers, a glimpse into the lived experiences of Indigenous women who were involved in street gangs and how they liberated themselves from the harsh lifestyle." Chevi Rabbit, Alberta Native News, November 2021

Indigenous Women and Street Gangs "is a must-read for anyone working with street-involved women and offers an important contribution to the literature on Indigenous street gangs and street lifestyles. More importantly, the book is a testament to the will and resilience of the six Indigenous women whose stories grace its pages." Jordan Koch, Aboriginal Policy Studies, 2023

“These six women write about the hardships of street and gang life as well their courage, endurance, pride, strength, and love in the face of these difficulties. They show that in settler-colonial societies, trauma and violence work intergenerationally and that healing is not only possible, it is already underway. At its heart, this is a book about hope.”

Joanna Kidman, Professor of Māori Education, Victoria University of Wellington

Saskatchewan Book Awards | University of Saskatchewan, President’s Office, Non-Fiction Award, Canada
Scholarly & Academic Book of the Year | Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta, Canada
ix Acknowledgements
xi Introduction
3 Amber
23 Bev
39 Chantel
59 Jazmyne
77 Faith
95 Jorgina
115 Photograph Captions
123 Bibliography
ISBNs: 9781772125498 978-1-77212-549-8 Title: indigenous women and street gangs ISBNs: 9781772125849 978-1-77212-584-9 Title: indigenous women and street gangs ISBNs: 9781772125856 978-1-77212-585-6 Title: indigenous women and street gangs