Walk With Our SistersFriday, 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?”
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