Tomorrow in Toronto there is a rally for Indigenous women who disproportionately suffer domestic violence and institutional racism and sexism which forgets and erases them when they go missing. All over Canada droves of Native women and girls have gone missing and there is no one to look for them. A movement called No More Silence aims to alleviate the situation, destroy the institutional hierarchy that disadvantages them and get word out. For hose of us who cannot attend the rally, and want to help, check out the article written by Audrey Huntley and advertise it around. Also, check out IPSMO for resources on helping the movement.
On February 14, demonstrations commemorating hundreds of missing Indigenous women will take place in cities across Canada. In this article, activist Audrey Huntley reflects on the shameful reality of the way in which violence against Indigenous women is normalized in our society, and describes movement-building being spearheaded by organizations and coalitions across Canada, with a focus on the Toronto-based No More Silence — NSW[…]But so many of these disappeared Indigenous mothers, daughters, aunties were not deemed newsworthy. Or if the crime was reported on, the women were reduced to dehumanized stereotypes, underlining the gaping hole left behind for family, friends and community. What is at the heart of this staggering societal indifference? Is it guilt and the need to displace, make disappear — as the women have been made to disappear — the experience of colonization and genocidal policies that puts settlers in a place of privilege while securing the ongoing theft of land and resources?
If you are part of an organisation or an activist group, spread the word. If you’re not, post the link to Facebook. If you’re a female identifying or woman identifying individual, advertise it, care about it! If you’re not, remember the women who are your mothers, sisters, daughters, grandmothers, cousins, etc… and care, advertise, get word out. If you live in Toronto, go to the rally tomorrow. Here is a link to other cities holding rallies. If you’re American, know that your American indigenous sisters are fighting the same systematic erasure, silencing and loss.