What is MMIWG2S+
Across North America there is an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, and gender diverse people. Indigenous women make up 11.3% of all missing people in Canada, and only 4% of the entire population of Canadian women.
In 2013, the RCMP launched an investigation into the problem of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The report (published in 2014) revealed that from 1980 to 2012, a total of 1,181 Indigenous women were murdered or considered missing.
The National Inquiry’s final report was completed and presented to the public on June 3, 2019. It declared violence against Indigenous women and girls “a national tragedy of epic proportion.”
The commissioners called for a new era in relations between Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ+ and the Canadian people — a relationship centred on the empowerment of Indigenous women and girls.
In the space below, write down teachings or knowledge in your family that is passed on matrilineally - by the women in your family.
Read the article about the REDress project using the QR code.
After reading the article create your own piece of artwork that symbolizes what you have learned about MMIWG2S+. You can choose to use the red dress imagery or create your own.
As a class you are invited to email a photo of the artwork to the Moose Hide Campaign at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to work together to raise awareness!
Rosalie Fish is an 18-year-old Indigenous track competitor. Her commitment to raising awareness and helping protect the women around her is inspirational.
Rosalie Fish and others have used their running platform to raise awareness about MMIWG2S+.
Watch Rosalie Fish speak about MMIWG2S+ using the QR code.
One easy way you can also raise awareness is to simply wear a moose hide pin. When someone asks about it, tell them what you have learned about MMIWG2S+.
In your journal, write three key points you have learned about MMIWG2S+ and feel comfortable sharing with others to spread awareness of this epidemic.
Think of one other way you can help educate others on MMIWG2S+ either as an individual, a class, a family, or school.
When mothers, grandmothers, and female caretakers vanish, children are left without the adults needed in their lives. Rosalie Fish