Am I next?
That’s the question aboriginal women are asking Prime Minister Stephen Harper in a new online campaign to renew pressure on his government to call a national inquiry into murdered and missing indigenous women.
Coming on the heels of Harper’s "sociological phenomenon" blunder, the campaign is the brainchild of Holly Jarrett. She’s the cousin of Loretta Saunders, a 26-year-old Inuit student at Saint Mary’s University who was murdered earlier this year. At the time of her death, Saunders was working on her thesis on murdered and missing aboriginal women.
"She had come through a lot of the same kind of struggles that a lot women affected by colonialism and residential school stuff," Jarrett told PressProgress Friday, a day after launching the Am I Next campaign.
"We wanted to move it forward for her. She was really passionate about telling her story, to stand up and tell the brutal truth," said Jarrett, an Inuit from the Labrador coast who’s now based in Hamilton, Ont.
After organizing one of the largest petitions at change.org calling on the government to launch a public inquiry into hundreds of missing and murdered aboriginal women, Jarrett decided to launch the Am I Next campaign.
It’s inspired by the Inuktitut word ain, a term of endearment for someone you love in her native language.
Here are some of the faces of the viral campaign:
This is what comes to mind when people try to tell me there is no (or less) racism in Canada. Hundreds of aboriginal and First Nations women are missing, abused, and murdered, and our country and GOVERNMENT doesn’t care. It doesn’t. Indigenous women don’t matter to our government and it’s horrifying. Please click some of the above mentioned links and learn about these women and this campaign.
I just think every driver should read this.
Too many people are oblivious to these facts, mainly because they’ve never been in or driven a truck hauling horses.
For me that is the most wonderful time fo the year. The time of year when the stores are decorated to resemble my house. haha.
I pretty much never post on my Tumblr anymore. I haven’t got many followers, never get any mail and I hardly ever get reblogged. I can go months without even browsing on here. Then Autumn comes and here I am ,back to admire the pretty Halloween/Autumn posts.
I spend my online time on Twitter, Instagram,Youtube and Facebook. I honestly doubt anyone will even read this post. haha.
I might just start using this again to post things for my own amusement rather than with the intent that others will read it at some point. Only a handful do and rarely do they tell me they have.
Not whining about it, just making an honest observation. I guess this is enough of me rambling to count as a post.
Everyday is Halloween for me. This time of year makes it much easier to find things in stores that I have to hunt for the rest of the year.
Hooray I am not pregnant BUT I already knew I couldn’t possibly be. Why must our freaking bodies put us through Hell to tell us things we already know? I love being a woman just not right now… ooooh my uterus is angry at me… *curls up in fetal position*