Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign

photo credit: Ben Powless

Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign aims at raising awareness on the violence perpetrated against Indigenous women and strives to put an end to it. As peoples who have participated or been complicit in the past and present colonization of Native peoples and lands, it is of utmost importance for us to support the work of Indigenous peoples in this regard. This campaign is an act of solidarity toward supporting the existing efforts of Indigenous women.

This campaign also aims at understanding the links between violence against Indigenous women, colonialism, destruction of the lands and Indigenous Sovereignty. We echo the demands for equity, justice, and decolonization formulated by Indigenous women whom we have tremendous respect for.

Ultimately, we work towards creating and maintaining respectful relationships with the First peoples of this land.

This campaign would not be as strong without the publication of the Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nation-Vol. 1 in 2011. The booklet, composed of five sections – Struggle, Resistance, Power, Liberation, and Be Solidarity, gives to Indigenous women their due space to express their lived realities through various art forms. Through this publication, we strive to augment the voices of Indigenous women in their many efforts to break the silence surrounding the systemic violence perpetuated by colonialism. It is, for us, a concrete and creative form of solidarity.

Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations - Vol.2 Cover

Following the success of Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations Vol.1, we launched the second volume with contributions from sixty-two women and men from various nations. In this volume, Indigenous women shared their lived experiences with regards to their relationships with the land, their birth mothers, families, communities, and themselves, and their allies shared their thoughts on responsibilities to (re)build relationships with Indigenous women.

We are very grateful for the authors and artists who courageously shared their stories with us, and are honoured to publish their work. A list of our contributors is provided below.

We also would like to express our gratitude to Under One Roof Properties who generously donated us the layout by Nancy Reid from NR Grafix.

Download the book here or click on the image on the left:

Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations Vol.2

117-page PDF format, free of charge (Right-click and ‘save as…’ to download)

The contributors featured in the Vol. 2 of the Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations:

Adelle Farrely, Angela Ashawawasegai, Angela Mashford-Pringle, Arlene Bowman, Belinda Daniels, Carrie Bourassa, Catherine M. Pulkinen, Catherine McCarty, Cecelia LaPointe, Cristina Afán Lai, Dawn Karima Pettigrew, Deanna StandingCloud, Donna Roberta Della-Picca, Dvorah Coughlin, Emilie Corbiere, Eva Apuk Jij, Faith Turner, Francine Burning, Greg Macdougall, Heather Shillinglaw, Helen Knott, Janet Marie Rogers, Janine Manning, Jodie-Lynn Waddilove, Lana Whiskeyjack, Leanne Simpson, Lesley Belleau, Linda Lucero, Lisa M. Machell, Lorri Neilsen GlennLouise Vien, Lynn Gehl, Marcie Riel, Margaret Kress-White, Mariel Belanger, Mikhelle Lynn Rossmulkey, Miranda Moore, Mona-Lisa Bourque-Bearskin, Nehi Katawasisiw, Nicole McGrath, PJ Prudat, R. Saya Bobick, Raven Sinclair, Robert A. Horton, Rosie Trakostanec, Samantha Elijah, Shauneen Pete, Simone Nichol, Susan Smith Fedorko, Tamara Pokrupa-Nahanni, Tamara Starblanket Neyihaw, Teresa Rose Beaulieu, Theresa Meuse, Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, Yolanda Teresa Philgreen and Zainab Amadahy.

Our Expectations and Demands for Canadians 

We asked some of the Indigenous women we work with their expectations and demands for Canadians. Here they are summarized below. They, in turn, are also our expectations and demands of this campaign. We will remind ourselves these expectations are our responsibilities and develop, shape and take our actions accordingly.

  • Respect and Honour for all women
  • Recognition of all women as life givers and the important role they provide in society as daughters, sisters, mothers, aunties, grandmothers and our true land owners – never to be exploited as objects of desire
  • For women of all culture to connect to each other and take up the cause to assert themselves as deserving of Respect instead of using self and body as statements to indicate liberation and freedom of expression
  • Acknowledge that every abuse permitted affects every single one of us regardless of gender, race and class
  • Acknowledge that history has two sides and that each needs to be addressed and respected. Make sure Indigenous perspectives are heard, not rejected as a challenge, whine, or complaint but, as a means to coming to an understanding and to accept there are differing sides to the same story.
  • Include indigenous knowledge, history and traditional teachings in all levels of education so that it benefits all. We need to raise the consciousness of all children so that ignorance is obliterated in every community.
  • For First Nations children to receive culturally equitable education and health care as Canadians
  • Metis survivors of Missions, Day Schools and Boarding Schools receive compensation and recognition on par with Indian Residential School Survivors
  • Help bridge the distance between First Nation, Metis and Inuit culture and the Western culture
  • Learn facts about Aboriginal peoples and pass them on
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions
  • Honour those who do well and those who are struggling
  • Teach your children and peers about the impacts of the historic education system of Aboriginal peoples in Canada
  • Learn about the missing and murdered Aboriginal womens in Canada
  • Work together with Indigenous peoples to make sure that the rights of Indigenous children are honoured just the same as your children’s rights.

Incomplete Reading List

  • Human Rights Watch Canada. (2013). Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada. URL: http://www.hrw.org/reports/2013/02/13/those-who-take-us-away-0
  • Honouring Indigenous Women: Hearts of Nations – Vol. 1 & Vol. 2 
    pamphlet cover
  • Acoose, J. (1993). Looking at the Words of Our People: First Nations Analysis of Literature. Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books.
  • Agamben, G. (2005). State of Exception, trans. K Attell. Chicago: University of Chicago press.
  • Armstrong, J. (1988). Slash. Penticton, B.C. : Theytus Books.
  • Bannerji, H. (1993). Returning the gaze : essays on racism, feminism and politics. Toronto : Sister Vision.
  • Bhattacharyya, G. Gabriel, J. and Small, S. (2002). Race and Power: Global Racism in the Twenty-First Century. London: Boutledge.
  • Campbell, M. (1983). Halfbreed. Halifax, N.S. : Goodread Biographies.
  • Culleton, B. (1983). In Search of April Raintree. Winnipeg, Man. : Pemmican Publications Inc.
  • Enakshi Dua, Narda Razack, and Jody Nyasha Warner. (2005). “Race, Racism, and Empire: Reflections on Canada.” Social Justice Vol. 32, No. 4: 1-5. http://www.socialjusticejournal.org/SJEdits/102Edit.html
  • Goldbert, D.T. (2002). The Racial State. Cambridge: Blackwell.
  • Goldbert, D. T. (2009). The Threat of Race: Reflections on Racial Neoliberalism. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.
  • Paula Gunn, A. (1992). The sacred hoop : recovering the feminine in American Indian traditions : with a new preface. Boston : Beacon Pres.
  • Jeannette C. Armstrong & Lally Grauer (Eds). (2001). Native poetry in Canada : a contemporary anthology. Peterborough, Ont. : Broadview Press, c2001.
  • Maracle, L. (1990). Bobbi Lee: Indian Rebel. Toronto: Women’s Press.
  • Maracle, L. (1988). I am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology and Feminism. Vancouver: Press Gang Publishers.
  • McClintock, A. (1995). Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Context. New York: Routledge.
  • Minh-ha, T. (1989). Woman, Native, Other. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.
  • Monture-Angus, P. (1995). Thunder in My Soul: A Mohawk Woman Speaks. Fernwood Publishing.
  • Razack, S. H. (2008). Casting Out: The Eviction of Muslims from Western Law and Politics. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.
  • Razack, S. H. (2002). Gendered Racial Violence and Spatialized Justice: The Murder of Pamela George. In S. H. Razack (Ed)., Race, Space, and the Law: Unmapping a White Settler Society (pp.121-156). Toronto: Between the Lines.
  • Regan, P. (2010). Unsettling The Settler Within, Indian Residential Schools, Truth Telling, and REconciliation in Canada. Vancouver: UBC Press.
  • Simpson, L. (2011). Dancing on our Turtle’s Back: Stories of Nishnaabeg Re-creation, Resurgence and a New Emergence. Winnipeg: Arbeiter Ring Publishing.
  • Smith, A. (2005). Conquest: sexual violence and American Indian genocide. Cambridge: South End Press.
  • Smith, A. (2006). Heteropatriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy: Rethinking Women of Color Organizing” in Incite! Women of Color Against Violence (ed)., The Color of Violence: The Incite! Anthology. Cambridge, MA: South End Press. pp. 63-73.
  • Thobani, S. (2007). Exalted subjects : studies in the making of race and nation in Canada. Toronto : University of Toronto Press.
photo credit: Ben Powless

Videos In Honour of Indigenous Women

TEDxYorkU 2012 – Megan Bertasson – Acimowin: To Tell a Story

Storytelling as Resistance!

Don’t Need Saving: Aboriginal Women and Access to Justice

To The Indigenous Woman, Indian Law Resource Center, by the 1491s

Native Love

Women’s Honoring Song

About Our Campaign Logo


3 thoughts on “Honouring Indigenous Women Campaign

  1. The launch of the Honouring Indigenious Women Campaign was a wonderful event. I left feeling uplifted, encouraged and honoured. Chi miigwetch for hosting!

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