“Missing & Murdered Indigenous Peoples of Canada: A Holistic Perspective” event on February 14th at 7 p.m. (Health Sciences Centre on the McMaster University campus in room 1A5). Guest speakers will be Delilah Saunders and Jen Mt.Pleasant.
Delilah Saunders (an Inuk activist from Labrador) and five other leaders of the Indigenous rights movement in Canada were honoured with Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2017. Saunders, the sister of the late Loretta Saunders, is an advocate for the rights of missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. The 14th is the day after the 4th anniversary of her sister’s murder and the anniversary of when she began her advocacy and activism. She will talk about her experience as a family member who was heavily involved in the Inquiry, her disappointments and where she thinks they can improve.
Jen Mt Pleasant is a Tuscarora Nation member of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and a Master of Arts in Social Justice & Community Engagement – both attained at Wilfred Laurier University. She has been involved with research and advocacy for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls for 6 years. In the past 4 years, she has expanded her research and advocacy to include Missing and Murdered Indigenous Men and LGQBT in Canada. With this inclusion, she has been taking a more holistic approach to researching violence against Indigenous people and believes that is the only way to truly understand historical and ongoing colonial violence against Canada’s’ Indigenous people.
This event is FREE. Snacks and beverages will be provided.