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Thanks! - mod M
…the government sees aboriginal justice initiatives (aimed at aboriginal offenders) and a national DNA database for missing persons as appropriate measures…Surely tracking indigenous girls’ DNA so they can be identified after they die is not the starting point for justice. Indigenous women want to matter before we go missing. We want our lives to matter as much as our deaths; our stake in the present political struggle for indigenous resurgence is as vital as the future.
So do we need an inquiry?
We need to stop the killing of 15-year-old native girls. We need to put an end to the abduction of indigenous women. We need to overhaul a justice system in which justice is so distorted that it is no longer recognizable. We need no more excuses, no more condolences, no more lists of missing women. We need an end to treating violence as mundane.
An inquiry will only help if it has action attached and if it shifts power into the hands of indigenous women, meaning it is led by indigenous women…Accountability means supporting existing anti-violence measures already being initiated by indigenous communities. These include rite-of-passage ceremonies to restore honour for young women, the Moosehide Campaign in which native boys and men take on culturally-relevant responsibilities to end violence toward women, and mentoring between girls and women which fosters the resurgence of women’s cultural roles at a local level…Accountability means supporting indigenous visions of justice, restoring our humanity and upholding girls’ resistance and leadership.
Treating our deaths as unremarkable is a form of violence that needs to stop along with the murders themselves. Taking steps to end the violence now is the only route to justice.
I haven’t read this book, sorry. And even if I did, I’m not Inuk so I couldn’t say how problematic/accurate it is or not. - mod M
If its the book im thinking of didnt yall reblog,.or someone submit, on how the female half-ndn was based off of sterotypes and how she slepted on the graves of her ancseters to feel ‘closer,’ to them or something?
The book you’re referring to is Volkswagen Blues, a book I read in my French class. This is Julie of the Wolves. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julie_of_the_Wolves)
It sounds gross tbh, especially since when they made live action adaptions of it, they used non-Native actors and for the making of the movie, and the fact that ‘Andy Young traveled to Nunavut in 2008 with the intention of finding a young Inuk or Inupiat to play the role of Julie, but stated in April 2008 that he was in discussion with a non-Inuk to play the role because they “didn’t find the person that we felt was going to breathe the right kind of feeling into the story,”’ - mod M
The first part of this ask is iffy but like, it’s great to receive help from non-Natives provided they don’t have this white saviour mentality. try to speak over us and the like. As for what can you do, just help bring awareness to our struggles. It’s like that one post I just reblogged. You don’t need to be Native to shed light on the things we face. Donate to things that aid Native people when you can, support Native artists, shut down people who are racist towards Native people (and others too), etc. There’s so much that can be done to support Native people. Don’t stay silent. - mod M