The issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada is important to me, and has become more important over the years as I raise three daughters with my wife, Jill Robertson. From writing The Life of Helen Betty Osborne and having the opportunity to visit classrooms and speak at conferences and festivals across this country, I have seen there is still an enormous amount of work to be done in bringing this issue to the forefront.
Our future rests within our women, there is no question about it. We need to protect and cherish our women at all costs, and the fact that almost 1,200 Indigenous women have been murdered or have gone missing since 1980 (Helen Betty was murdered in 1971) is one of the great tragedies in this country’s history. Do more. Speak up. We can’t stand for this any longer. End the violence.
I want to commend the people of Winnipeg who showed up at the march and demonstration in honour of Tina Fontaine, as well as Faron Hall. And I want to give a special thanks to my friends Niigaan Sinclair and Wab Kinew for their work in selflessly organizing and running this important event.
Niigaan also wrote a beautiful article which you can read right here. I am very proud of this man.
Of course, we need to do more than just show up. But what does doing more look like? What do you think can be done?