I made this video because I think Canada and the world need to hear the story of indigenous women and the violence and discrimination that they have faced and continue facing today. The story of those women that goes further than an obvious racism and sexism issue. IT'S A STORY OF INEQUALITY AND VOICELESSNESS.
We need to understand that missed and murdered indigenous women are a massive issue in Canada , and makes a big deal of gender barrier , despite our developed and open-minded society .
Seriously, those women can't be counted just as numbers , as statistics, they were real women with their own lives and loved ones who needed them and they are still looking for answers, looking for information about their stolen ones.
The problem is that , in general, indigenous women are in a very risky situation and they are still under very poor living conditions and have less opportunities for education and employment. The cases of violence are very high but those women are still forsaken by authorities and society . I think it's important for the nation to be aware of the roots of this bug issue that comes from a long time ago, through a long history of isolation , victimization and isolation of indigenous women that started during colonization, continued in residential school and they still face now in some ways.
I really made this modest video with the aim of helping people learn more about this huge issue and with the hope that , if someone watches it , they will understand that it´s time to stop ignoring those women and work " hand by hand ", acknowledging our privileges and differences in power structure and use them to empower indigenous women voices and make pressure on the government to make more investments and investigate deeper.
BECAUSE THEY DESERVE IT , BECAUSE THEIR FAMILIES NEED HEALING , BECAUSE WE DON'T WANT MORE INDIGENOUS WOMEN GONE.
PLEASE , HELP RAISE THE VOICE OF INDIGENOUS WOMEN. THEY HAVE MANY THINGS TO SAY.
Thank you for finding time to watch this video and read this text. I really appreciate this.
Inés Peñalver Cosín , exchange student of Native Studies .