The purpose of this research is to make up for the lack of data on the imposed sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec. This is a unique opportunity for First Nations and Inuit women in Quebec to share their stories and give testimonies in a context that respects the principles of research involving Indigenous peoples (Asselin and Basile, 2012).
To our knowledge, no study has yet been done on this subject in Quebec, so the research project is novel in this sense and meets a real need to perform further research on the issue. Research on the imposed sterilization of First Nations and Inuit women also sheds light on the issues underlying this problem. Accordingly, the notion of free and informed consent is at the heart of this research project, as is the study of the systemic racism and discrimination experienced by Indigenous women in the health care system.