International Women’s Day – 2016
Published March 8, 2016
OTTAWA – In honor of International Women’s Day this year, the Canadian Union of Postal Workers created a beautiful poster to raise awareness of the issue of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.
As you may know, the Canadian federal government recently announced a national inquiry into the cases of hundreds of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Families, Indigenous groups and allies have long been waiting for this inquiry. Their voices have too often been dismissed by authorities.
Given Canada’s long and shameful history of colonial brutality towards Indigenous peoples, it will be important that the government respects and includes them as part of this process. We must show our support for those who have been neglected and ignored for far too long. Please display this poster in a prominent place to show your support.
The art on the poster is the work of Indigenous artist Jonathan Labillois, A Member of the Listuguj Migmaq First Nation Band in Gaspé, Quebec. He has donated the original to the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal. He posted the image on his Facebook page with the following comment: “Dancers dance for those who cannot, the sick, the elders, and those who are gone. It’s like all those women are still dancing thru her.”
On International Women’s Day this year, we honour our stolen sisters and those who dance for them.
1st National Vice-President