Support Families of Sisters in Spirit
Families of Sisters in Spirit is a grassroots not-for-profit volunteer organization located on unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa, Canada) led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies.
On their Facebook page, another story of a missing aboriginal young girl is posted: "Missing Person: 14 yr old Starr McKay was last seen in Winnipeg's North End on March 6th, 2013. She is aboriginal, 4'2" tall with a slim build. She has brown eyes & brown hair." https://www.facebook.com/pages/Families-of-Sisters-in-Spirit/16998982304...
According to an recent article in the Toronto Star ( http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/2013/04/28/only_certain_types_of_trag...), "there are an estimated 600 murdered or missing aboriginal women in this country (Canada)" Yet, there is no swift political action to investigate these cases. Canadian Ambassador to the UN, Elissa Golberg, announced at a recent forum on human rights in Geneva "the establishment of a National Centre for Missing Persons and a study that will be done by MPs. She told the world Canada was a world leader on human rights and determined to end hardship for aboriginal women and girls."
In another article in the Huffington Post, author Robyn Bourgeois writes that putting together National inquiries on murdered or missing aboriginal women "allows the Canadian state to appear that it is doing something about violence against women without ever having to actually do anything. Indeed, with state-based information gathering mechanisms like inquiries, the state does little more than create and fund it, and it is the work of commissioners, but more importantly, contributors to make things happen.
I don't know about all of you, but I am tired of letting the state get away with this. I am tired of letting the state look like it cares about the lives of women, while all the time it does nothing to actually protect women from violence."
The Families of Sisters in Spirit are a tireless and important voice for the rights of missing and murdered aboriginal women. Spread the word about their work and the link to their donation page. They need lots of support: http://familiesofsistersinspirit.com/