Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives
Being an Indigenous person living in today's world is hard. Our intersectionalities are often targeted and picked at by mainstream media and the current administration. We are left out of many conversations but also suffer some of the highest rates of violence, suicide, and depression. Our youth suffer hardships that sometimes robs them of their childhood while forcing them to grow up at such a young age. Most of our middle-aged relatives have a hard time dealing with intergenerational trauma by consuming alcohol and abusing drugs.
It is no surprise to our Indigenous communities that many of us fall through the cracks. With little to no protection, our Indigenous relatives fall victim to sex trafficking, murder, rape, and other unspeakable crimes. The Violence Against Women Act included minimal Indigenous protection, but it still sits in limbo waiting to be re-approved and passed. Our current administration does little for First Nations in offering protection on any kind of level. As we continue to see our system fail our Indigenous people, we can no longer sit back and watch our relatives go end up missing and murdered. First Nations have taken upon themselves to protect themselves and raise awareness. First Nations are demanding justice where law enforcement and legislation have turned their heads away from this epidemic.
We would like to extend our gratitude for our "on-the-ground" grassroots organizations who truly put in the hard work in collecting data, providing safe spaces, searching for our relatives, and any other capacity that deals with this trauma work. It is not easy. We extend our support and hearts out to families, friends, and anyone who has been affected by the loss of a loved one, a co-worker, a sister, a brother, a child due to physical, psychological, and emotional abuse. We will continue to serve as an ally to those individuals.