Many people are not aware that Indigenous women and girls with disabilities are bigger targets of sexual violence because they cannot hear, see, walk, or run. As a matter of fact some women and girls are not able to speak up or scream that they are being, or have experienced, the trauma of a sexual assault.
One of the barriers I have in raising awareness about this matter is that people make assumptions and/or repel when I use the word "disability". Sadly many elders and traditionalists themselves are a barrier to my process of raising awareness because they prefer to rest on the traditional teaching that children have "gifts" that we nurture; we do not talk about disabilities.
While it is true that traditionally we talk about people and their gifts, the reality is that due to a lack of land, clean land, clear air, clear water, and due to poor sewage, poor housing, and poor nutrition the Indigenous body has been landscaped with a higher rate of disabilities. See #IWagWid for more information.
That said, I once again created an online auction to better serve #IWagWid, and I need your help. I am asking you to join the auction asap, invite your friends through the invite button asap, and bid on the many items. I will be using the funds raised to offer a public talk on the relationship between land loss and the higher rate of disabilities.
Awareness is the first step toward change. I need your help with this.
Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/711242806601128
Lynn is an author, advocate, artist, and public speaker. Her work encompasses both anti-colonial work and the celebration of Indigenous knowledge. She challenges Canada’s practices, policies, and laws of colonial genocide such as the land claims and self-government process, sex-discrimination in the Indian Act, the continued destruction of Akikpautik / Chaudière Falls–an Anishinaabeg sacred place, and Canada’s lack of policy addressing Indigenous women and girls with disabilities who are bigger targets of sexual violence.
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