Indian Country 52 #49 – Love and Respect
“The teen, holding an eagle feather, said that some people who have visited her since the attack have shared their “stories of healing.”
“I ask that everyone here remembers a few simple words: Love, kindness, respect and forgiveness.”
“As a survivor, I respectfully challenge you all to call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.”
With those words, Harper thanked the gathering for how she and her family were being honoured and then stepped away from the podium. The hall erupted with applause.
As the three-day assembly began earlier in the day, several chiefs spoke to the gathering about the need to push hard for an inquiry.
“We must learn from her story and say: Not one more,” Alberta Regional Chief Cameron Alexis said of Harper’s story.
“There is silence from the federal government. We need an inquiry to look at the root causes and the system changes we need to put in place to end the violence.””
– Ottawa Citizen, Rinelle Harper calls for missing women inquiry, urges forgiveness.
“A Manitoba teenager who was viciously assaulted and left for dead by the side of a river has added her voice to the call for a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.
“I am Rinelle Harper and I am from the Garden Hill First Nation,” the 16-year-old said tentatively as she stood in front of the Assembly of First Nations on Tuesday. “I am here to talk about an end to violence against young (aboriginal) women.””
– MSN News, Rinelle Harper calls for national inquiry.
Download the 18″x24″ poster (.pdf), Indian Country 52 #40 – Love and Respect (MMIW).
Indian Country 52
Indian Country 52 is a weekly project by David Bernie that uses the medium of graphic design by creating posters that promote issues and stories in Indian Country.
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