There were hundreds of people gathered to hear more than a dozen speakers. People brought flags and banners and signs with all kinds of messages on them, mostly demand for fair treatment, recognition of indigenous rights and solidarity.
As a First Nation’s youth, I walk two paths in life and strive to tell one story. My story is about the strength and courage needed to live through the hearts of my people and to walk in a world so different from mine.
It is the courage to fight colonialism and assimilation.
It is the courage to fight ignorance and assumption.
It all started when I was three years old, it was 1983 we lived in a two bedroom town house, and we didn’t have a television, or the cable was cut off. At the time I didn’t think anything of it, because my mum and grandma protected me from the hardships of reality that we faced.
But to Aboriginal people this is our home, we were here first. We are Indigenous to this land. Yet, despite this reality it is difficult to find our voice amongst all the others who have integrated here.
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Proclamée par le gouverneur général en 1996, la Journée nationale des Autochtones (21 juin) nous donne la chance de reconnaître les réalisations uniques des gens des Premières nations, des Inuit et des Métis dans une variété de domaines tels que l’agriculture, l’environnement, les affaires et les arts.
Proclaimed by the Governor General in 1996, National Aboriginal Day (June 21) provides an opportunity to acknowledge the unique achievements of First Nations, Métis and Inuit in fields as diverse as agriculture, the environment, business and the arts.
In my life I have come across a lot of different types of healing. I have been a woman in this world for 29 years and have been interestingly learning what it means to be a nehiyaw or Cree woman. What it means to be a mother, sister, daughter, niece, granddaughter and cousin. Among all these roles the one that I’m still trying to teach my story about is my healing from addictions.
The disappearance of Indigenous women is a systemic epidemic in Canada. In the past three years the Harper government has cut the funding to hundreds of Native and women’s organizations. This includes the Aboriginal Healing Fund in 2010 which funded over 135 Native run organizations across Canada. When this funding was cut, the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter had a third of its funding cut and as a result had to let go of their sexual assault counsellor. Another example is the funding to Sister’s In Spirit, which since 2004 has been doing ground breaking research into how many Indigenous women have actually disappeared.
English version below Merci de diffuser dans vos réseaux! Agissez contre la violence faite aux femmes autochtones Conférence/Discussion La violence faite aux femmes autochtones Invitées : Jessica Yee Intervenante en éducation sexuelle et en prévention de la violence Rachel Alouki Labbé Réalisatrice du documentaire Désert de Croix, un documentaire sur le féminicide à la ciudad […]
Or, s’il y a une chose sur laquelle je suis certaine c’est d’être une femme! Femme innue? Femme québécoise? Qu’est-ce qui fait qu’on est une femme autochtone? Comment ça se définit? Dois-je absolument revenir à la tradition, être la plus connue, la plus vue?