How can this process of looking into the stories of missing and murdered Indigenous women and the racism connected to them influence your miskâsowin process? What can you do to amplify these stories? What truth can you tell?
This process connects to my miskâsowin process because the government in which is involved in my life and origins have played an influential part in this racism. My origins and background, I feel, are grounded in Canada as this is where I was born and raised, so anything that relates to the history of this country I feel relates to me and my miskâsowin as well.
To amplify these stories, I feel that I owe it to these fellow women to acknowledge them in small and large ways. This could include starting conversations about these women on social media to get the word out by sharing news reports and photos of the women; this may bring positive or negative attention, but, nonetheless, needed attention. “Every time we do take action, we create change, and it may not be change that happens that day, or that week, or that month, but it is change" (Balfour, n. d). As well, discussing these women's stories with friends and family to bring about uncomfortable feelings that will hopefully resonate with them may be enough at times to amplify these stories.
As well, honouring these women and highlighting the systemic racism within my classroom with my students will bring truthful conversations about Canadian government and its history. These conversations and truths are necessary to be told because “these are realities that require our immediate attention in order to shift the current trajectory and build a safe community for women and people of all genders to live, work, and play" (Balfour, n. d).
Balfour, Taylor. (n.d). Regina's Women's March highlights MMIWG. Retrieved from http://www.carillonregina.com/reginas-womens-march-highlights-mmiwg/