Jade Fleury and her classmates created a digital story about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in connection with the 2018/19 Spirit Bear Dialogues.
Students use digital story to share difficult reality
October 4, 2019 | Society
I’ve seen vulnerable life circumstances in my own family, so I asked my peers if we could focus our project on how colonization has created the vulnerable circumstances that many Indigenous women find themselves in. They were so supportive. They wanted to learn.
Together, we created a digital story about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
We wanted to honour the women themselves, so we decided to share women's individual stories – where they went missing, if they were murdered, where their bodies were found. The reality may be uncomfortable, but these stories need to be heard.
We didn’t want to just gather information. We didn’t want to simply present statistics and numbers. We needed to be mindful of everything we did and every word that was spoken. We wanted to humanize these women. So we focused on Cree language and the teaching around Indigenous women being sacred — as life givers.
I hope people who see our digital story come away with a better understanding. That they begin to see the social perceptions that really hurt Indigenous women. That we can move beyond victim blaming and toward a broader understanding of the history and context, and how the past does impact the present. And that we move toward a feeling of allyship and unity, so we can all do better.
–Jade, 4th year Bachelor of Social Work student
Watch the digital story about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Jade, Katelyne Kuzio and Jessa Garcia created in connection with the 2018/19 Spirit Bear Dialogues.
The dialogue continues October 8 with a panel to look at the historical roots of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
A look back at the 2018/19 Spirit Bear Dialogues
Over 100 students and 20 faculty members looked at Indigenous research through the lens of decolonization and reconciliation.