Alright so it has been said before but it needs to be said again. INQUIRE MISSING AND MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN. This is not just a problem that we can solve with people from our own communities because nobody is listening to us!
This is such a huge problem because 1 in 3 native women will face sexual assault. Native American, First Nations and Alaskan Natives are sexually abused at a 3.5 higher rate than non-Natives. Studies suggest that not only is it more frequent but it is often particularly brutal. Of these sexual assaults at least 86% of them are committed by non-Natives. 1,017 Native women and girls have been reported murdered between 1980-2012, which is 4.5 times higher than non-Native women in Canada. This number is still much higher because this has been happening since Europeans first invaded our lands and it does not take in to count the women and girls who are still missing. Many of the cases for these women are unsolved and too many families are turned away. For too many of the families of missing Native women there is no investigation, no body, and no closure so there is no healing process.
There is no way for us to bring back the lives of the many women we have already lost but we can still honour and remember them. On September 30th it is Orange Shirt Day (this is a real thing you can google it). You can show your support by wearing any orange shirt and sharing this information with everyone you know. You could also upload a picture onto social media wearing the shirt with a message to all Native women. That would mean a lot. You do not have to wait to this day to show your support through social media and this is not just exclusive to Native people. Non-Natives are more than welcome to participate in Orange Shirt Day.This is something that is so personal for all Native women. There are so many women who are gone already but nobody showed any interest in them. We don’t even know the names of these women and to think that it could be you is heartbreaking. Seeing how little the lives of the women who are already gone don’t matter to so many, you can’t help but feel that they don’t care about you either. This is why it is so important to support and care about MMIW because there are so many more of us out there who do not feel protected or loved because nobody cares for our sisters who were taken away too early. And there are too many families who will not have closure because the police did not find it important enough to investigate. Please, we need more support.
I am only a 15 year old Mohawk girl. I am not an official social rights activist, nor am I near that level, so if I have used wrong terminology or am misinformed I apologize. Also if the wording is bad I am sorry. I am still learning so please do not criticize me too much. (Plus this was written on mobile)