Date of Birth: December 14th, 1956
Our Mother Dorothy Georgina Abel was a beautiful, kind hearted strong Chipewyan woman. Her smile and presence would brighten any room or any dark day. She loved to help anyone in need. She loved her culture, her traditional language and ways. When she spoke, she spoke with integrity, honesty and compassion. Just the sound of her voice you knew she was full of love.
In July 1996 in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, our 39 year old Mother was assaulted which led her to be medevaced to the Royal Alexander Hospital in Edmonton, Alberta. She lived her last days while being in a coma, not recovering, she died 4 years later.
An investigation was never done and no one was ever charged.
She left behind 5 children, me (Lydia) being the oldest, 13 at the time I wish I could have done more.
Dorothy and Lydia (daughter)
Dorothy with son, Arthur Jr. and daughter, Lydia
Dorothy and son, Arthur Jr.
Dorothy's two youngest children.
Today she has 5 beautiful grandchildren and 5 grown children.
To honour our Mother I attended a pre-inquiry for the Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women. At that point I was given hope until I came home and I was informed by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police my Mother's files had been purged/destroyed. So my little hope was instantly torn away. The system has let me and my family down again.
All Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women and their families deserve justice.
No More Silence has been gathering these names for the past 10 years.
♥ Adele Rose Mary Matinet, 22, murdered in Atikokan February 2004.
♥ Adrienne Amikons, 14, murdered in Peterborough December 1997.
♥ Alice Quoquat Netemegesic, murdered in Thunder Bay in the late 1970s.
♥ Alissa Martin-Travers, 5, murdered in Cornwall April 2008.
♥ Ashley Smith,18, murdered in Fort Frances October 2007
♥ Barbara Loon, 34, murdered in Sioux Lookout May 2009.
♥ Barbara Shapwaykeesic, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1989.
♥ Bella (Nancy Marie) LaBoucan McLean, 25, fell from 31st floor of a Toronto condo on July 20, 2013.
♥ Bernadette Leclair, 16, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1987.
♥ Carolyn Connolly, 54, her body was found on August 2, 2008 near Sherbourne and Dundas Streets, Toronto.
♥ Cecilia Payash,48, missing since 1957 from Red Lake Ontario.
♥ Charity Keesic, 19, From Moose Factory murdered on August 2001.
♥ Cheyenne Fox, 20, fell from 24th floor of a Don Mills condo on April 2013.
♥ Chloe Matthews, 11 of Big Trout Lake, her body was found in 2011.
♥ Clarene Rose Panamick, 36, murdered in 1991.
♥ Cynthia Lynette Jamieson, 44 of Six Nations; murdered in Hamilton on June 12, 2002.
♥ Debbie Sloss-Clarke, 42, found dead in her room at Gerrard and Sherbourne, Toronto on July 29, 1997.
♥ Deborah Toulouse, 41, murdered in Manitoulin Island on May 18, 2002.
♥ Denise Katherine Bourdeau, 39, murdered in Kitchener Waterloo her remains were found in April 2007.
♥ Diane Dobson, 36, found dead in Windsor in Feb, 1995.
♥ Diane Marshall, 43, found dead in Toronto in May 2006.
♥ Donna Kabatay, approx. late teens; murdered in Seine River First Nation.
♥ Donna Tebbenham, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1987.
♥ Doreen Hardy, 18, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1996.
♥ Edith McGinnis Quagon, 42; murdered in Minneapolis.
♥ Elaine Vawn LaForme, 48, murdered in New Credit on Jan 22, 2012.
♥ Elena Assam-Thunderbird, 17, beaten to death on June 1, 2002.
♥ Evaline (Evaleen) Cameron, 19, of Whitedog Reserve was found dead in October 1995.
♥ Gloria Jean Martha Abotossaway missing since 1984.
♥ Heather Pelletier, 30, was murdered in Toronto Her decomposed body was found in May 1988.
♥ Helen Gillings, 19, murdered in Hamilton, February 1995.
♥ Helen Louise Jacobs, 73, murdered in Elliot Lake, July 2005.
♥ Helyna Rivera, 25, of Six Nations murdered in 2011 in Buffalo.
♥ Hilda Agawa, 63, of Batchewana first Nation murdered in June 2009.
♥ Jane Jack, 22, stabbed to death in Kenora on April 28, 1995.
♥ Jane Louise Sutherland, 20, her body was found on Oct. 23, 1984 in Hull’s Jacques Cartier Park across the Ottawa River from Lowertown.
♥ Jeanine St Jean, 42, of Schreiber was found dead in November 2006.
♥ Jennifer Stewart, 36, stabbed to death in Ottawa August 2010.
♥ Jocelyn McDonald, 16, was murdered in Kenora October 2000.
♥ Jordina Skunk, 29, found frozen to death in Fort Severn First Nation on January 31, 2008.
♥ Josephine Thompson, 18; murdered in 1971 - her body found by the railway tracks in Macdiarmid/Rocky Bay.
♥ Judie Thibault, 57, murdered in Thunder Bay in November 2000.
♥ Judy Ann Quill, 33, murdered in Kenora, in March 2009.
♥ Karla Desrosiers, 45, murdered in Thunder bay, in January 2007.
♥ Katelynne Sampson, 7, found dead with signs of bodily trauma in Toronto Parkdale neighbourhood in August 3, 2008.
♥ Kelly Morrisseau, 27, murdered in Ottawa; her body was found in Gatineau Park on December 10, 2006.
♥ Laura Pilon, 22, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1992.
♥ Liana Mathewson, 44, of Sault Ste. Marie was strangled in 2008.
♥ Leanne Lawson, 23, murdered in Ottawa in 2011.
♥ Lisa Lynn Anstey, 21, murdered in Toronto on May 12, 1997.
♥ Liz Bonnie Sakakeesic, 16, murdered in Cat Lake First Nation in 1994.
♥ Lorraine Rivers, 18, murdered in Thunder Bay in March1966.
♥ Loretta Lavalley, 36, was strangled in November 2008 in Brampton.
♥ Lynn Childforever, 20, died in 2008.
♥ Mae Morton, 15, left to freeze to death outside Beardmore in 1962.
♥ Margaret Perrault (Bluebird), 32, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1988.
♥ Margaret Yvonne Guylee, disappeared in Toronto in 1965.
♥ Mariah Wesley, 18, of Kenora was stabbed to death in 2009.
♥ Mary Ann Davis, 25, from Manitoulin Island was murdered in 2005.
♥ Mary Peters King, murdered in Thunder Bay.
♥ Maxine Susanne Peters, 34, of Walpole Island First Nation; killed on June 13, 2004.
♥ Mercedes Stevens, 9, murdered in Kashechewan First Nation, Sept. 2006.
♥ Minnie Sutherland, 40, killed in Hull on Dec. 31, 1988.
♥ Mitzi MacDougall, 27, of Red lake murdered in 1998.
♥ Pamela Holopainen, 22, of Schumacher; last seen in Timmins on Dec. 14, 2003.
♥ Patricia Carpenter, 14, her body was discovered at a construction site next to Massey Hall in 1992.
♥ Paula Joy Martin, 31, died from stab wounds in April 1996.
♥ Petrina Lynn Whitecrow of Seine River murdered in Fort Frances.
♥ Rebecca Jean King, 22, missing since Oct. 21, 1999 from North Bay.
♥ Rena Fox, 38, murdered in Thunder Bay, Feb. 2003.
♥ Renee Neganiwina, 26, was killed in a house fire in 2015 in Hamilton.
♥ Samantha Johnings, 19 months, of Hamilton, murdered on Dec. 13, 1992.
♥ Sandra Kaye Johnson, 18, found dead on Feb. 13, 1992 near 110 Ave in Thunder Bay.
♥ Sarah Jane Wawia Bernard, 43, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1966.
♥ Sarah Mason, 44, murdered in Thunder Bay in 1997.
♥ Sarah Skunk, 43, missing from Thunder Bay since 1995.
♥ Shelley Lynne Joseph, 40, of Six Nations, murdered in Hamilton on July 2nd 2004.
♥ Shelley May Anderson, 51, from Cobalt is missing since summer 2009.
♥ Sonya Nadine Mae Cywink, 31, found dead in 1994 at Southwold Prehistoric Earthworks near Iona.
♥ Spring Phillips, 26, murdered in Toronto in December 2009.
♥ Susan Asslin, 19, stabbed to death near Dryden in 1974.
♥ Tashina Cheyenne Vaughn General, 21, murdered along with her unborn child, body found on April 26, 2008 at Six Nations, near Chiefswood Road and Indian Line.
♥ Terra Gardener, 26, was killed by a train in Toronto on May 14, 2013.
♥ Theresa Anne Yakimchuck, 23, is missing from Dryden since June 1973.
♥ Theressa Wilson (Jamieson), 30, was murdered and her body was found in Thames River, Chatham in March 2011.
♥ Therese Labbe, 47, body found in Mountjoy River in October 1989.
♥ Tricia Paquette, 8, murdered in Brantford, February 1978.
♥ Vanessa Tagoona, 29, found dead in Ottawa in 2009.
♥ Verna Patricia Sturgeon, 33, was murdered in September 2010.
♥ Viola Melvin, 67, murdered in Toronto on April 14, 1977.
♥ Viola Isabella Panacheese, 42, missing from Sioux Lookout since August 1991.
♥ Vivian Cada, 53, found dead on June 30, 2005 in apt. at 285 Shuter St, Toronto.
50.50 inclusive democracy - "It Starts With Us": Breaking one of Canada's best kept secrets
Indian Country Today - Taking Control: Indigenous in Canada Compile Own Database on Missing and Murdered Women.
Rabble Podcast Network - New community-run database honours missing and Indigenous women.
Talking Radical Radio - Naming, understanding, challenging violence against indigenous women.
The Native Youth Sexual Health - Supporting the resurgence of Community-based Responses to Violence -#ItEndsHere #ItStartsWithUs
**Originally posted on Indigenous Nationhood Blog: http://nationsrising.org/it-starts-with-us/
Work on this community database has already started, but there is a lot more to be done. As this project seeks to be independent from government and institutional funding, your support is even more critical in making this possible. Honour MMIW (missing and murdered Indigenous women, trans and two-spirited people), and their families by supporting a new way to document their loved ones passing. Make your secure online donation now by clicking on the button below.
We thank the Crossroads United Church (Kingston, Ontario) for their donation to help us purchase a computer that is used for the purposes of maintaining this website/database.
This page is dedicated to Bella Laboucan-McLean. These words are a celebration of Bella’s life and spirit. For those who didn’t get a chance to know Bella during the 25 years of her life, we want to express to you just how amazing, unique and beautiful she was.
Bella's sister Melina wrote this op-ed in the New York Times.
The Toronto Star published this exclusive story: "There is no closure"
Watch video of the MMIW panel at NYC's Lincoln Centre, including Bella's sister Melina
More than two years after Bella’s death her case still remains unsolved and is listed as suspicious. We do not know why or how Bella fell 31 stories from a high-rise condo in downtown Toronto. We hope people will come forward to help us solve her case. It is also important for the police to know that this case is being closely followed not only by our family, but the larger community who are concerned about the unsolved cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women. We urge The Toronto Police Service to maintain focus on the details regarding Bella’s death and providing answers to our family.
We also encourage other families to submit their loved one’s stories to this community-run data base so we can collectively gather data on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls and have it controlled by our families and communities.
Date of Birth - April 4th, 1988
Date of her passing - July 20, 2013
About our Bella:
From a young age, Bella was a creative, bright and determined girl who aspired to meld her traditional beadwork skills with contemporary fashion. Bella always had a positive outlook on the world. She was able to find the humour in almost all situations, making jokes, and lightening the mood for everyone around her. She listened to all kinds of music, loved to dance, and she was the ever-present DJ, playing whatever fit the mood. Bella was sweet, supportive, loving and encouraging. But she was not one to mince words and was honest, straightforward and assertive when she needed to be. Even though she was an extrovert and liked to explore the world around her, Bella was also a homebody and you could find her at home tidying up, doing schoolwork, cooking or taking some down time listening to music. And like most 25 year olds, Bella loved social media and was often taking artistic photos and posting them on instagram and facebook. Bella loved to try foods from all around the world, an influence from the many high school or university friends she had from different parts of the globe. She could make a mean soup and bannock, and the best cookies. Bella encouraged her family and friends to enjoy the simple things in life, a good meal, a funny joke and precious time with friends and family.
Bella came from a strong family that was very supportive of her. Family was important to her, and it was hard for her to move away from home. She spoke with her family often, almost everyday, and sought advice from her parents, big sisters, aunties, uncles and family friends.
Bella was one of the lucky First Nations young people who grew up with both parents in her life who have been together for over 25 years. Her Mom and Dad have been teachers and educators who developed Cree curriculum for language revitalization for the past 3 decades. Both parents graduated with a Masters in Education. Language and culture was an important part of both their lives, and this was passed onto Bella. On both sides of the family, Bella’s grandparents and aunties are cultural knowledge carriers and maintain teachings and practice traditional artwork and beading that Bella continued into her life.
Bella’s work in reclaiming traditional knowledge was important to her and to our family, as she would be able to help us carry on our cultural traditions. Learning traditional Cree art and beadwork and adopting her own creative expressions through her craft of fashion was a resurgence of who we are as Indigenous peoples. That reclamation is a process that many missing and murdered women were a part of for their families, communities and future generations.
Bella, along with one of her older sisters, attended Portage College to learn and fine-tune skills in beading and tanning hide to produce many cultural items that you see here on this page. She also attended the University of Alberta to pursue a degree in textiles and then transferred to Humber College to complete her degree in Fashion Arts. It was her dream to honour our cultural traditions, artwork and beading while finding ways to blend new designs of her art with contemporary fashion.
When Bella decided to take a leap of faith to continue her education, it meant she had to leave her family and friends in Alberta and move to Toronto to pursue her dream of making a career in the fashion arts. Like many other Indigenous young women, this was a larger process of resurgence we see in urban centres, with strong Indigenous women who are very connected to their culture and home communities. It was not an easy choice because of her being extremely close to her family and it was a big move from northern Alberta to Toronto. It was here that she began to learn more about the fashion world, and the hard work it takes to make it on your own. Despite the distance from her family and friends, Bella continued to grow into an even more sophisticated, independent and tenacious young woman.
Before her death, Bella was starting to come into her own and expressing herself as she’d always imagined herself - daring to dream as a young girl coming from a little reserve in Northern Alberta. Bella’s ambitions were becoming reality and she was growing into the young woman she always wanted to be. She was just on the verge of realizing her dreams and was looking to continue fashion school in London, England later that year. She had found her wings and was ready to move onto the next chapter in her life. Her desire to find a place where she could meld fashion with traditional First Nations arts was no longer just a distant dream, it was within arms reach.
But Bella's dreams were cut short, just after 3 months of graduating from Humber College she was found dead, leaving her family and friends without answers to the many questions we have been asking this past year.
For people who did not know Bella there exists a false perception that she passed away because she lived a “high risk lifestyle” but this is far from the truth. Bella cherished her life and she was looking forward to the many years ahead of her and talked regularly with her family about what her future goals and plans were. Regardless, the way Bella lived or the way any other Indigenous woman lives, should never justify the violence they experience in their lives. What puts Indigenous women in this society at risk is the ongoing legacies of colonialism – these issues are systemic. Blaming victims for their violent deaths are not going to result in the solutions we need to see for murdered and missing Indigenous women.
Bella was a positive influence on many in her life and the loss of her has been devastating and felt in so many people’s lives.
Bella’s younger brother, cousins and friends looked up to her, they admired what she was able to accomplish. She had a fun-loving spirit and a unique ability to make life feel so full.
Bella’s case still remains unsolved. The family is still seeking justice for what happened to our precious sister, daughter, cousin, niece and friend.
Her laugh and hugs are missed by everyone.
Violence against the Mother Earth is violence against women, the two are inextricably linked. It is not a coincidence that 1200 Indigenous women are murdered and missing in this country we call Canada. Indigenous women are five times more likely than non-Indigenous women to die from violence. Watch the video of Bella's older sister Melina Laboucan-Massimo discuss the issues of violence against women, violence against the land, and environmental justice.
Thank you for your donation! With your contribution, you are making it possible to continue building a community-led and community-funded database that honours missing and murdered Indigenous women, trans and two-spirited people, and provides family members with a way to document their loved one's passing. Together, we are creating a community database that changes the way MMIW are remembered. Thank you again.
With hope and determination,
No More Silence, Families of Sisters In Spirit, Native Youth Sexual Health Network, and everyone who has been a part of this project!
**Credit Tannis Nielsen for the art work
The intention of this page is a space for family members to honour the lives of their loved ones through personal stories, photos or other important aspects of someone's life. We hope this will balance the death related details the media tends to over focus on.
COMMUNITY DATABASE DATA-ENTRY HAS BEGUN!
No More Silence is creating a community run database documenting violent deaths of Indigenous women/Two-Spirit and Trans in collaboration with Families of Sisters In Spirit, community partner The Native Youth Sexual Health Network and with the assistance of Dr. Janet Smylie (Métis) and Conrad Prince of the Well Living House at the Keenan Research Centre. We are beginning the work by creating a research methodology based on Ontario data. So far we have entered 69 women's names from Ontario nations who have died violent deaths since the 1960s.
It's time for community to build our own structures independent of government and institutional funding. The purpose of the database is to honour our women and provide family members with a way to document their loved ones passing.
These are core values and beliefs about engaging in organizing around violence against Indigenous women, specific those who have gone missing or died violent deaths:
Ceremony - The process of supporting each other in this work is a process of ceremony, healing, grieving and honouring. Public Mourning as a political act that flies in the face of societal indifference and complicity.
Support not shame or stigma - No one life is more or less valuable than anyone else. We must unlearn stereotypes about people who use drugs, trade sex, experience homelessness or housing insecurity etc. This includes encouraging conversations about how to reduce the harm associated with these behaviours while meeting people where they’re at.
Decolonizing gender and sexuality - Unlearning homophobia and transphobia, supporting Two-Spirit, Trans and gender non-conforming people.
Changing the Story - Resisting and shifting victim blaming approaches, languages and narratives about who can or does go missing or face violence.
Sovereignty - Over our bodies and stories. Trusting that people, especially women, are capable of making decisions about their bodies, safety and lives.
Alternatives to the state - This work is not funded by state-based agencies or in collaboration with law enforcement. We rely on the donations and volunteer work of partners, families, and advocates. We believe in actively building alternatives to the police, in responding to violence though we recognize sometimes that is the only option available to families or individuals.
Community collaboration - Collaborating with other families, Indigenous peoples & communities is a way to support one another, highlight other work and build each other up.
Humility/Compassion - Humility and compassion within this work is part of remaining open to hearing feedback, teachings and acknowledging compassionately that everyone has something to share.
If you would like a loved one's information included please get in touch via: email@example.com
Check out this radio interview with Audrey Huntley, co-founder of No More Silence and Krysta Williams of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network: Naming, understanding, challenging violence against indigenous women.
We are currently working locally to contact people and/or forming teams with people who have been documenting missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit and Trans people in their regions.
If you would like to post your list or get involved regionally please contact ItStartsWithUs at email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We acknowledge the women, families and communities who have been doing this organizing themselves for decades, especially when police and governments have failed to acknowledge, listen or act despite Indigenous women, Two Spirit and Trans people that have continued to disappear or be murdered. Generations of work have brought us to where we are and continue to teach us how we must work forward in achieving justice together.
“Sisters in Spirit” was the first government-funded database of cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada started in 2006. Canada's federal government stopped funding the program in 2010. Critics of the cut say it was meant to silence the Native Women's Association of Canada, the group behind the database. The final report released by NWAC made clear connections between violence and landlessness, colonial child welfare policies, and poverty resulting from exploitation of resources and bodies.
Before the Native Women’s Association of Canada discontinued the work on their database in 2010 it had reported close to 600 indigenous women and girls gone missing or murdered in the country over the preceding 30 years.
Since 2010, many more have vanished or been killed and according to the founder of Families of Sisters In Spirit, Bridget Tolley their names and stories were not being recorded in a central location that was accessible to communities. Families of Sisters in Spirit was created in January 2011 in response to cuts and as a means to continue the work of supporting families through honouring sisters in spirit through public awareness and advocacy. FSIS carries forward the legacy of drawing crucial connections between targeted violence against Indigenous women and girls and Canada`s violent colonial past and present. FSIS differs from SIS insofar as FSIS is fully autonomous, all-volunteer, accepts no government funding, and is accountable first and foremost to families and communities impacted by state and interpersonal forms of violence. FSIS places emphasis on carving out (safer) spaces for family members and communities to share their stories and transformative strategies without fear of reprisals such as loss of jobs or funding cuts. This allows FSIS considerable power to take direct action alongside families of the murdered and missing and to build long-term, mutually uplifting relationships with other Indigenous community-led campaigns and initiatives--on our own terms.
No More Silence has been gathering names of missing and murdered Indigenous women since it was founded about 10 years ago. Co-founder, Audrey Huntley, conducted the Traces of Missing Women research road trip for CBC television and interviewed 45 family members from Ontario to Northern BC in the summer of 2004. In 2005 her documentary Go Home Baby Girl aired on national television. Then when Robert Pickton’s trial began in Vancouver in 2006, No More Silence began holding ceremony to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women in an act of public mourning on February 14th in solidarity with Vancouver’s downtown eastside where the Women’s Memorial March has been held for over 20 years on that date. No More Silence borrowed the tradition of printing the names of women killed or missing in the community to hand out during the ceremony. It is this list now inclusive of 70 names shared by community/family members or identified in media coverage of women murdered or missing in Ontario that constitutes the content of the database so far. Some of these names were shared with the group by Amber O’hara when she joined No More Silence for a brief period in 2007. Amber had already been conducting research into missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada in the 90s and created the MissingNativeWomen.ca website that she kept updated until she passed away in 2011. Some 300 stories were documented by Amber.
Currently No More Silence and volunteers are working with the data generously made public by Maryanne Pearce. Her dissertation, an Awkward Silence: Missing and Murdered Vulnerable Women and the Canadian Justice System identified 846 Indigenous women murdered or missing in the last 30 years. We will be adding circa 50 names of women murdered or missing in Ontario from her research once they have been put through our methodology.
The RCMP initially cast doubt on the Native Women’s Association total, saying that of the 118 names shared with the RCMP’s National Aboriginal Policing Services, only 64 of them could be confirmed in a police database the RCMP spokesperson also said there are concerns over the 500 possible victims recorded in the association’s database. On May 16 of 2014, the RCMP released a 22-page "national operational overview" on missing and murdered Aboriginal women. The report cites ‘new’ statistics showing the total number of cases and how disproportionate they are to cases involving non-Aboriginal victims.
This report confirmed what many advocates already knew, that the number by now was likely a lot higher, and the RCMP report confirms this. The distressing number of cases they have confirmed since 1980: 1,182. It is important to note the RCMP also utilized data from the Sisters in Spirit Database as well as the work of Maryanne Pearce who shared her information with them. Not surprisingly, the RCMP`s latest report makes no mention of colonialism, colonization nor residential schools, and places responsibility back onto Indigenous women for their own deaths and disappearances.
In 2006 specific community work was also being conducted in Northern BC after a number of disappearances along Highway 16 - named the Highway of Tears. The Native Youth Sexual Health Network teamed up with the Highway of Tears Initiative which is dedicated to seeking justice for the families and communities of missing and murdered women and children who have gone missing from Highway 16 located in northwestern British Columbia.
For 2 years they traveled to numerous areas across this region working with youth, Elders, families, and communities. As a result, the documentary "Building a Highway of Hope" was created. The film came about after a 2006 symposium was held in response to the communities’ demands for action in response to the numerous deaths connected to this aptly named section of Highway 16 yielded 33 recommendations that address the need for physical human services.
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network has been working for over 10 years to support Indigenous youth leadership across Canada and the U.S in addressing issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice. NYSHN supports Indigenous youth responses and community based responses to colonial gender-based violence from addressing the criminalization of HIV, environmental violence on our bodies and lands, decreasing stigma and shame, creating media arts justice, supporting Indigenous peoples in the sex trade, sex industry and street economies and reclaiming sexuality on our own terms. They are also a community partner on Walking With Our Sisters, a commemorative art installation to remember and honour missing and murdered Indigenous women.
To Contact ItStartsWithUs please email: email@example.com
No More Silence (NMS) aims to develop an inter/national network to support the work being done by activists, academics, researchers, agencies and communities to stop the murders and disappearances of Indigenous women.
Follow them on Twitter: @NoM0reSilence
Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS) is a grassroots not-for-profit volunteer organization located on unceded Algonquin Territory (Ottawa) led by families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls with support from Indigenous and non-Indigenous allies.
Follow them on Twitter: @Famsisterspirit
The Native Youth Sexual Health Network (NYSHN) is an organization by and for Indigenous youth that works across issues of sexual and reproductive health, rights and justice throughout the United States and Canada. Through their work, they recognize self-determination over our bodies is connected to how young Indigenous women, girls, LGBTTQQIA*, Two-Spirit, and gender non-conforming youth are/are not affected by all forms of gender based violence. Reclaiming sexuality on our own terms is critical in ending sexual violence.
Follow them on Twitter: @NYSHN
(Image from October 5th, 2014 Grieving, Healing, Honoring Ceremony & Feast hosted by Families of Sisters in Spirit and the Native Youth Sexual Health Network).