The difficulty with identifying (and defeating) systemic racism, especially for those of us who are not its intended target, comes from the fact that its existence and implementation -- by design -- is insidious. Its invisibility ensures its longevity.
Back in 2016, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe faced a fight to try and stop the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) from being built directly under their primary water supply -- a construction route that would also cross their traditional and ancestral lands, destroying burial grounds and other culturally significant sites. They didn't want the crude… Continue reading Stand With Standing Rock: No DAPL Expansion
Discussing this topic can be difficult because it triggers passionate emotional reactions; to combat the fact that thoughts centred around this can sometimes bubble over into intense and overly complicated debate; I've decided to write out my thoughts in a straightforward way — exploring why I'm 100% pro-choice.
The statistics for missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and two-spirits (MMIWG2S) is staggering, and a grossly underreported issue across the U.S. and Canada. There is a day of awareness on May 5th to honour and remember the women and push for better systems to report, investigate and provide justice.