Barbara Jagodics spent Monday honoring folks she knew and liked who went missing or have been murdered, and he or she was removed from alone.
“Each one in every of us Indigenous folks is aware of somebody who has gone lacking or has been murdered,” she stated on the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society’s Sisters in Spirit occasion Monday. Oct. 4 was the Nationwide Day of Motion for Lacking and Murdered Indigenous Ladies, Ladies, and 2SLGBTQ2+ Individuals (MMIWG).
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“That’s why we’re right here. Natives, non-natives, we’re one folks all collectively marching for this trigger. We’d like folks to understand how dire that is,” she stated. “It’s nonetheless taking place.”
The stroll and eventual vigil attracted dozens of males, girls and kids who walked alongside the freeway and all the way down to the bridge with indicators displaying footage of Indigenous people who find themselves lacking or murdered.
Purple attire have been hung from the Ki-Low-Na Friendship society’s constructing, representing the spirits of lacking and murdered Indigenous girls and women.
Marchers additionally stopped on the courthouse, the place there was drumming and a dialogue about family members who’ve been misplaced.
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“On at the present time we put on crimson – it represents calling our ancestors again, “ she stated.
She added the occasion was additionally to assist make identified what many Indigenous folks nonetheless face.
The Native Ladies’s Affiliation printed a doc on MMIWG indicating that whereas they have been all the time extra more likely to report experiencing each bodily and sexual maltreatment and spousal violence, situations worsened within the pandemic.
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A nationwide survey of 750 Indigenous girls and gender-diverse folks that NWAC undertook from Could 1 to Could 29, 2020 confirmed Indigenous girls are extra nervous about home violence than they’re about most COVID-19 points.
“Many extra Indigenous girls are experiencing violence throughout this pandemic than standard. Indigenous girls are reporting extra violence throughout this time of sheltering in place. In Could 2020, 17 per cent have skilled violence (bodily or psychologically) within the earlier three months, in comparison with 10 per cent reporting violence from their partner over the previous 5 years in 2014,” reads the report.
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