A mini round dance and panel discussion Tuesday, Feb. 14, will bring continued awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2 Spirit people.
“Violence against Indigenous women and girls is an unfair reality and cruel truth, but one that needs to be better understood in order to protect the health and safety of all Indigenous sisters,” says Michelle Nahdee, Indigenous legal studies co-ordinator in the Faculty of Law.
Panellists include Beverly Jacobs, senior advisor to the president on Indigenous relations and outreach and an associate professor in the Faculty of Law; political science professor Rebecca Major; and Kristen Jeavons, Indigenous justice co-ordinator for Legal Assistance of Windsor.
Dr. Jacobs contributed the chapter “Honouring Women” to the 2018 book Keetsahnak: Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters. Inspired by their discussion of the book, members of the Paul Martin Law Library’s Truth & Reconciliation Reading Circle participated in the commemorative art installation “Walking With Our Sisters” project by making moccasin vamps, or tops. The vamps they made will be displayed during today’s event.
Presented by the Paul Martin Law Library’s Truth & Reconciliation Reading Circle and the Turtle Island Aboriginal Education Centre and sponsored by the Office of the Senior Advisor to the President on Indigenous Relations and Outreach, it runs 1 to 3 p.m. in the CAW Student Centre Commons.