Sending out an S.O.S. – Save Our Sisters
As of some years ago, the facts surrounding missing and murdered First Nation Women in Canada alone were astounding. What’s more astounding is that governments (in Canada and also in the US) have failed to sufficiently address the issue. According to the Native Women’s Association of Canada, these are the truths:
NWAC has gathered information about 582 cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. Of these: 67% are murder cases (death as the result of homicide or negligence); 20% are cases of missing women or girls; 4% are cases of suspicious death—deaths regarded as natural or accidental by police, but considered suspicious by family or community members; and 9% are cases where the nature of the case is unknown—it is unclear whether the woman was murdered, is missing or died in suspicious circumstances (and these stats are about five years old now).
There are currently 12 missing Native Women posters listed on the NWAC website
This stunning art was created by young First Nations woman Chelsea Brooks (Indian Brook, Nova Scotia) who has sold one of her paintings to Karen Yellowtail inspiration, the actress and activist Ashley Callingbull and whose other impressive credits include designing an image for the Circle of Hope solidarity rally for missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Halifax (2014). Chelsea has also had her art featured on the cover of the Canadian Aboriginal Books for Schools catalogue. Her list of achievements is impressive and is matched by her beautiful, heartfelt, passionate work.
If you would like to purchase something from Chelsea, please contact her via her Facebook page. Thank you Chelsea for allowing me to show your S.O.S art, thanks to NWAC for the tireless work they do, VOW Peace/Canadian Voice of Women For Peace and to Ashley Callingbull for having the strength of her convictions to make a very public stand. You are all part of this sacred hoop.
Ashley Callingbull’s REDx Talk on MMIW