Honouring missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, 2SLGBTQQIA people #16StoriesofCourage

Mi'kmaq Grandmothers' Story of Courage

There is a strong correlation between the presence of extractive projects and violence against Indigenous women, girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA people. In protecting the land and water, Indigenous women land defenders are also enacting women’s rights and Indigenous self-determination.  

“We decided that we’re going to go into ceremony and honour our sisters as we ask them to come in and protect us, and be with us, their spirits. We meant no disrespect. It was all done in honour and respect to our sisters. And being on the frontlines, this is what our women will go through, being murdered, what we go through, ending up disappeared. We feel all of this on the frontlines. So, it was a very important statement that we felt to make.”  

Mi’kmaq Grandmothers, Wabanaki – Atlantic Canada 

Listen and watch the full video of Story of Courage – The Mi’kmaw Grandmothers and Alton Gas 

Advocate for an end to all gender-based violence including violence against Indigenous women and land defenders in Canada. Call on the government to establish a National Action Plan to implement the Calls for Justice, of the Final Inquiry Report on MMIWG2S, including but not limited to, the Calls for Extractive and Development Industries and the Calls for Human and Indigenous Rights and Governmental Obligations. 

Filed in: Gender Justice/Women of Courage


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