On the one-year anniversary of the historic National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Women and Girls, and the release of the final report and Calls for Justice, the Southern Chiefs’ Organization is launching a public awareness campaign. The campaign, featured on billboards, bus boards and social media, features the work of 18 year-old Winnipeg artist Ida Bruyere. Her painting, Lost But Not Forgotten, gives voice to the tragedy of missing and murdered women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people and calls for a new future.
A proud citizen of Black River First Nation with family ties to Sagkeeng First Nation, Bruyere’s painting was selected as the winning submission from a call for artistic expressions early in 2020. The goal of the campaign is to end the violence by raising awareness of the systems and structures that put Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people so disproportionately at risk. The powerful image Bruyere created honours the lives and legacy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people, and the campaign invites all Manitobans and all Canadians to come together and join us.
Lost But Not Forgotten will be shared on billboards, bus boards, and social media throughout Winnipeg and southern Manitoba in June and July. Bus boards will be seen on 30 Winnipeg Transit buses on routes throughout the city. The billboards are located in Brandon, Portage la Prairie, Dauphin, Minnedosa, Winkler, and in Winnipeg.
SCO is committed to ending the violence and each day until October 4, 2020, a special date to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people in Manitoba, SCO will highlight one of the National Inquiry’s Calls for Justice to remind governments, institutions, and all Canadians of their responsibilities. SCO invites all organizations and allies to do the same.
You can take action, by becoming aware of and responding to the Calls for Justice for All Canadians:
Calls for All Canadians
Each person has a role to play in order to combat violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. We encourage every Canadian to consider how they can give life to these Calls for Justice.
We call on all Canadians to:
15.1 Denounce and speak out against violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people.
15.2 Decolonize by learning the true history of Canada and Indigenous history in your local area. Learn about and celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ history, cultures, pride, and diversity, acknowledging the land you live on and its importance to local Indigenous communities, both historically and today.
15.3 Develop knowledge and read the Final Report https://www.mmiwg-ffada.ca/final-report/. Listen to the truths shared, and acknowledge the burden of these human and Indigenous rights violations, and how they impact Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people today.
15.4 Using what you have learned and some of the resources suggested, become a strong ally. Being a strong ally involves more than just tolerance; it means actively working to break down barriers and to support others in every relationship and encounter in which you participate.
15.5 Confront and speak out against racism, sexism, ignorance, homophobia, and transphobia, and teach or encourage others to do the same, wherever it occurs: in your home, in your workplace, or in social settings.
15.6 Protect, support, and promote the safety of women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people by acknowledging and respecting the value of every person and every community, as well as the right of Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people to generate their own, self-determined solutions.
15.7 Create time and space for relationships based on respect as human beings, supporting and embracing differences with kindness, love, and respect. Learn about Indigenous principles of relationship specific to those Nations or communities in your local area and work, and put them into practice in all of your relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
15.8 Help hold all governments accountable to act on the Calls for Justice, and to implement them according to the important principles we set out.
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