National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S)
May 5, 2022
Today is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S). Our hearts are with all the families who have not yet seen justice for their lost loved ones.
Justice for MMIWG2S and environmental justice are inextricably connected as neither can happen without confronting and working to dismantle colonialism. Violence against Indigenous women and two spirit people is violence against the land — male-dominated work camps associated with resource extraction projects are directly correlated with an increase in sexualized and gender-based violence against Indigenous peoples.
Poster by National Indigenous Women's Resource Centre. Artwork by Danielle Fixico.
As neighbours working to shine a light on anti-racism for all those experiencing violence — including Black communities and communities of colour — we need to educate ourselves so awareness is raised and help build a safe and secure world for all. We invite you to explore these resources:
Learn more about the totem pole that was unveiled in Nanaimo to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women here. William and Joel Good, Snuneymuxw First Nation carvers and father and son, collaborated to create the totem.
MMIWG2S remembering shared by kQwa'st'not~Charlene George.
Artwork for the National Native Women's Association conference a few years ago to bring awareness. The artwork was co-created by kQwa’st’not~Charlene George.