“Am I Next? Is he watching me now?
Stalking me like a predator and its prey.
Waiting, waiting for some perfect spot,
time or my stupid mistake.
How does one choose a victim?
Good question, isn’t it?
If I knew that, I would never get snuffed.”
-written and shared on social media by Sarah de Vries, Dec. 1995,
prior to her abduction and murder
26 years old
Went missing April, 1998.
Found Murdered, August 6, 2002 in Port Coquitlam
Source – (Stolen Sisters, 2004, p.29)
Invisible, isolated and dehumanized, Canadian Indigenous women are seen as “vicious stereotypes born of ignorance and aggression”(No More Stolen Sisters, 299, p. 5) and are nothing but “objects with no human value beyond sexual gratification” (No More Stolen Sisters, 299, p. 5). Hate crimes, hate speech and the denial of human rights and freedoms are the historical fabric which has been deeply and tightly woven into each Aboriginal person’s autobiography and continues to have extremely detrimental impacts on the members of our First Nations people and in particular, Canada’s aboriginal women. Hate crimes such as the incident reported on January 2, 2013 in Thunder Bay, Ontario. “A sexual assault of a [unnamed] native woman in northwestern Ontario that is being investigated as a hate crime has thrown fresh fuel on the fires of discontent being expressed in protests and demonstrations by first nation’s people across Canada” (Galloway, Globe and Mail, January 2, 2013, 11:00PM). Hate speech such as: “They called her squaw and dirty Indian as she was walking and they were throwing things at her from the car, pieces of garbage and cans,” said Christi Belcourt, a noted Canadian artist who is a friend of the alleged victim and is speaking on her behalf” (Galloway, Globe and Mail, January 2, 2013, 11:00PM). Similar incidents in combination with the denial of their freedoms and rights have created a precarious environment of fear, anger and frustration for these women.
Aboriginal women are justifiably angry and frustrated at the fact that they are becoming an “endangered species” (M. Beech, WordPress, Mar. 24, 2010) through the ignorance and inaction of those that have the responsibility and ability of enforcing and protecting the rights and freedoms of all Canadians.
ISN’T IT TIME TO TAKE A STAND!