Wednesday, May 5th is National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). On this day, Indigenous Women of the Wabanaki Territories (IWWT), honor all Indigenous mothers, daughters, aunties, sisters, grandmothers, nieces, cousins, and all those people who identify as women and girls. We commemorate our missing and murdered women and girls and their families. We recognize the strength of the survivors among us. We know now more than ever that we must embrace one another to support community healing. Many are struggling with their health and well-being during the pandemic, and we have lost many loved ones. Please join IWWT Elders and the families of women and girls lost in Wabanakek for an in person event. Sharing will focus on supporting one another and caring for ourselves now and in the times ahead. All people are welcome.
NO JUSTICE NO PEACE On June 4th, 2020, Chantel Moore was fatally shot during a "Wellness Check" by an Edmundston Police Officer. On Friday, June 4th, 2021, we will be honoring Chantel's life, and calling for justice for her death. More details to come.
Erin Brooks has been missing since December 27th, 2021. She was last seen of video surveillance at the St. Mary's Smoke shop located at 150 Cliffe Street in Fredericton.
Erin is approximately 5'2" and weighs 115 pounds. She has brown eyes, and at the time of her disappearance her hair was dyed black. Erin also has multiple tattoos (see poster for reference) .
Words from Erin Brooks shared via Facebook in 2018, who has been missing for 30 days as of January 24th:
“I am a strong Maliseet woman. I am content. If there ever comes a time where I disappear.. where I go for groceries and do not return. Where I go to run other errands and do not return…please know: I did not voluntarily leave my family. I am not out partying. I did not go out and commit suicide somewhere. If ever DO NOT return home.. know that someone took me against my will worse. Do not make excuses as to WHY I have not returned home because it is a lie. Look for me. Please. Being an indigenous woman in Canada, there is a target on my back. I feel it-I really do. Too many of our women are disappearing”.
If you have any information on Erin’s whereabouts, or any information at all- please call Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477. There is a reward starting at $5000 with a Go Fund Me for additional funds.
Bring Erin home #MMIWG2S
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Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh brings us a compelling documentary that puts a human face on a national tragedy – the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The film takes a journey into the heart of Indigenous women's experience, from Vancouver's skid row, down the Highway of Tears in northern BC, and on to Saskatoon, where the murders and disappearances of these women remain unsolved.
This short documentary offers an Indigenous perspective on the devastating experience of searching for a loved one who has disappeared. Volunteer activist Kyle Kematch and award-winning writer Katherena Vermette have both survived this heartbreak and share their histories with each other and the audience. While their stories are different, they both exemplify the beauty, grace, resilience, and activism born out of the need to do something.
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