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Walk With Our Sisters

Friday, April 11, 2014   by: Joseph Corbiere

This memorial exhibit is a heart-rendering commemoration of missing and murdered aboriginal women.

The memorial will be on display at Shingwauk Hall, in the old Indian residential school (May 5-18).

Can you imagine the suffering of not knowing whether your daughter, mother, or sister is dead?

These women do matter.

They should not be discarded, they should not be discarded.

Yet these forgotten women are remembered by their family and friends. 

Sometimes these memories are deeply buried and are still very raw.

These memories are hidden away, kept in those places where it hurts.

Can you put yourself in their moccasins, both the dead and the survivors?

Being alone, hopeless and always thinking why did it happen.

Where is my daughter, is she alive, is she warm, is she happy does she have children, where did she go?

So many unanswered questions.

Some disappeared to the B.C. pig farmer, some disappeared on the Highway of Tears, some in Toronto, some in Sault Ste. Marie, some in our own reserves.

Do you hear those cries, do you hear the suffering?

Do you feel it?

Do you shed a tear?

Is this the modern “Trail of Tears”?

Does it hurt?

Do you ask your self “How can I fix this, how do I acknowledge this, what can I do?"

I know I cannot speak for the women.

That is their space, their privilege, their pain! 

I can watch, listen, think.

Yet I have to do something.

What can I do?

Feelings of helplessness and rage. 

Do you ask yourself “what if?”

“What if it was my daughter?”

Some links:

Helen Betty Osbourne

Highway of Tears

Walking with our Sisters

Walking with Our Sisters Sault Ste Marie (Facebook page)

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dragonfly7 4/22/2014 8:08:07 AM Report

good grief...
Nunavut 4/24/2014 10:17:56 AM Report

I will attempt to gently add comments to this missing persons situation both in the native community and in the rest of Canada.
Using statistics found on Federal Website http://www.canadasmissing.ca/pubs/fac-ren-2011-eng.htm
We find that in 2011 over 43000 Canadians were reported missing, that includes all nationalities whether native Canadian or not. So sadly this problem is occurring all across Canada in all walks of life.
What would be more telling would be the root causes of these situations , whether they be risk based life styles (eg drugs) or family problem runaways…etc etc. and what is being done in communities across the country (reservations and towns and cities) to provide the support needed to prevent these situations from even occurring. I do ask that we be careful to understand statistics (eg Walking with sisters website links show number missing over 20 years was 600) without comparing that number to the overall number missing in Canada over 20 years from all walks of life. Either way it is a sad state of affairs that needs community leaders and family members to also take ownership for ways to prevent.
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