As the Cheyenne Proverb says, “A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors nor how strong their weapons.”
Let’s be real. Canada will never have a truthful inquiry into missing and murdered women. I really think we should save our breath and stop asking. However, that doesn’t mean that I think that we should give up. What we need is a different approach. What we need is for Indigenous people to conduct the inquiry and promote it on the international level. What about funding you ask? Its going to be the grassroots who gets this done. Its going to take a lot of heart, work, volunteer hours and our own money – but that is the only way it will happen. I am quite sure about that.
I owe you a better explanation of what I mean. So let’s begin by asking the right question. Why won’t Canada ever have a truthful inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women? The reasons are (in no particular order):
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