NWAC: On This Day of Remembrance Let's Remember This: Indigenous Women Are not Expendable
December 7, 2022
On this National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women, we are thinking about all of the mothers, daughters, sisters, and aunties whose lives have been cut short.
We are thinking about four First Nations women in Winnipeg who died last spring at the hands of a killer.
We are thinking about Savanna Pikuyak, an Inuit student who was stabbed to death in Ottawa in September. We are thinking about Noelle O'Soup, and Kwemcxenalqs Manuel-Gottfriedson, who were killed this year Vancouver. We are thinking about Donna Charlie, whose remains were finally found in Prince George, B.C. in November, 30 years after her life was taken from her.
And we are thinking about too many others.
Women everywhere in Canada must be vigilant about their safety. First Nations, Inuit and Métis women must guard against becoming part of the ongoing genocide.
We mourn our lost sisters. We embrace the friends and family members left behind. And we demand that governments and others in authority start taking concrete action to end these killings.
Women, including Indigenous women, are not expendable.