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message 1: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments I have been following Native people from the US and Canada for a year now...
#MMIW - Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women is an epidemic that needs to stop.
There are good reports on it, such as this one:
https://indiancountrymedianetwork.com...

In my understanding of me being a feminist, I cannot ignore this. Right now, there are more than 3.000 Indigenous Women missing or murdered in Canada alone. In Canada alone, not even the US.
In my understanding of me being a feminist, I have to help, which is why I retweet the tweet that @DelSchilling does every single day since 4 years:
https://twitter.com/DelSchilling/stat...
(That's her latest one, rest assured, you will find one that has always been written in the last 24 hours)

I am an intersectional feminist, and I cannot close my eyes to this ongoing epidemic injustice. I have to help, and if it is only this one hashtag, although there are many more how we can help Indigenous people.

Please, please follow Indigenous people on your social media. I have learned so much in this past year that I still have to wrap my head around the fact that I knew so little about them before.

Especially if you're in the US or Canada, please, follow Native Americans and First Nations, Inuit, Metis people and Alaska and Hawaii Natives.
Please help, this is an ongoing tragedy.


message 2: by Pam (new)

Pam | 1086 comments Mod
Yup. I'm in


message 3: by Robert (new)

Robert Smart | 347 comments This is always a good listen each week:
http://www.BlogTalkRadio.com/NativeTr...
Very informative.


message 4: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Pam wrote: "Yup. I'm in"

Thank you, Pam. This means so much to me.


message 5: by MeerderWörter (last edited Jan 02, 2018 10:27AM) (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Okay, since this is related to #MMIW, I thought I put this here:

WOMEN’S DECLARATION
AGAINST KINDER MORGAN MAN CAMPS
https://www.secwepemculecw.org/women-...

I signed already:)


message 6: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Emma wrote: "Thanks for bringing my attention to this! I've been looking into reading a book such as Lakota Woman, which I hope would increase my awareness."

Bound to happen!


message 7: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (thoughtwoman) | 2 comments Amnesty International made missing and murdered First Nations women a campaign in 2004. Here is a link to their report: https://www.amnesty.ca/sites/amnesty/.... There is also more updated information at https://www.amnesty.ca/our-work/campa.... Audrey Huntley made a film about one missing woman and her sister who went looking for her called Go Home Baby Girl (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uh8MY...). Another film called Donna's Story also follows one woman and her mother at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5Wuu....

In the United States, Amnesty International also made the epidemic of rape against American Indian women a campaign called Maze of Injustice. Here is a link to the report on this issue here at home: https://www.amnestyusa.org/pdfs/mazeo.... Most non-Indigenous people don't know about the laws governing rape in the U.S. and how those laws alongside the government's neglect of those who live on reservations lead to an epidemic of rape on reservations, with more than 80% of perpetrators being white men who get away with it. Read Sarah Deer's The Beginning and End of Rape as a starter into this history.


message 8: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Elizabeth wrote: "Amnesty International made missing and murdered First Nations women a campaign in 2004. Here is a link to their report: https://www.amnesty.ca/sites/amnesty/.... T..."

Native Americans don't have jurisdiction over Non-Natives on reserves. Sounds bizarre, right?

And thank you for all the links, very much appreciated!


message 9: by Elizabeth (new)

Elizabeth (thoughtwoman) | 2 comments Happy to share with everyone. Not many people know much about Indigenous peoples.


message 10: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments McKenna wrote: "MeerderWörter wrote: "Elizabeth wrote: "Amnesty International made missing and murdered First Nations women a campaign in 2004. Here is a link to their report: https://www.amnesty.ca/sites/amnesty/..."
Sixth-or-so-great uncle? May I ask when he lived?


Elizabeth wrote: "Happy to share with everyone. Not many people know much about Indigenous peoples."

Yes, that is sadly true. They fight so many fights at once, not just #MMIW


message 11: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments The Women's March Seattle (which by the way comes from the Chief Si'ahl - you can see it everywhere, you only have to search a little) is making #MMIW a major issue of their march for the anniversary of the Women's March.

https://www.facebook.com/NativeDailyN...


message 12: by nil (new)

nil (nilnil) There is also a podcast that I wouldn't say I enjoyed, but I did find to be interesting (and heartbreaking). Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams

It gave some valuable insight into a specific case and what indigenous deal with in a more general sense.


message 13: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Malobee wrote: "There is also a podcast that I wouldn't say I enjoyed, but I did find to be interesting (and heartbreaking). Missing and Murdered: Who Killed Alberta Williams

It gave some valuable insight into a ..."


I don't think a topic like this can ever be "enjoyable".
Thanks for the link, I will listen to this later.
Indigenous Peoples bear the brunt of all the negative consequences of our way of life.


message 14: by Laure (new)

Laure | 390 comments A broad view of the problem in this article (in French). I had never heard about it besides on OSS, hopefully this scandal will get more international coverage.


message 15: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Laure wrote: "A broad view of the problem in this article (in French). I had never heard about it besides on OSS, hopefully this scandal will get more international coverage."

The more people talk about it, the better.

The "Highway of Tears" - even a street's inofficial name shows the the vastness of the epidemic. IT HAS TO STOP!


message 16: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments I have something to share with you that @RuthHHopkins shared onto my Twitter timeline:

https://nativenewsonline.net/currents...

I have yet to find out if/how it is possible to buy them, but I will let you all know!


message 17: by Sierra (new)

Sierra | 42 comments I follow @indigenouswomenhike and @nativewomenswilderness

They both are supporting a campaign for #MMIW with tee shirt sales. I recommend checking them out!!!


message 18: by MeerderWörter (new)

MeerderWörter | 2388 comments Sierra wrote: "I follow @indigenouswomenhike and @nativewomenswilderness

They both are supporting a campaign for #MMIW with tee shirt sales. I recommend checking them out!!!"


Thanks for sharing, I will check them out!


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