Missing Indigenous Women's Day is a day of remembrance and action. It's a day to remember the Indigenous women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered, and to reflect on the ongoing violence and injustice they face. It's also a day to take action towards justice and healing.
Yet, this day often goes unnoticed, perpetuating the silence surrounding this issue. This silence is particularly harmful as it allows the violence and injustice to continue, and it reinforces the erasure of Indigenous women and girls.
The crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls (MMIWG) is not a new issue. It has been ongoing for generations, and it is rooted in colonialism, racism, and sexism. Indigenous women and girls face disproportionately high rates of violence, including sexual violence, domestic violence, and homicide. According to a report by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or go missing than non-Indigenous women in Canada.
The silence surrounding this issue is also reflected in the lack of data and media coverage. Many cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls are not even reported, and when they are, they often receive little attention from the media. This lack of attention reinforces the idea that Indigenous women and girls are disposable and unworthy of justice.
Missing Indigenous Women's Day is an opportunity to break this silence and raise awareness about the ongoing crisis of MMIWG. It is a time to listen to Indigenous voices and center their experiences and solutions. It is also a time to take action towards justice and healing, including supporting Indigenous-led initiatives, demanding government action, and challenging the systemic issues that perpetuate violence and injustice.