Naming, understanding, challenging violence against indigenous women| January 2, 2014
On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Audrey Huntley of the No More Silence network and Krysta Williams of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network speak about organizing against the violence experienced by indigenous women and about a new project in which they are partnered that will contribute to building that movement.
Violence directed at indigenous women has been integral to the settler domination of this continent since the time of contact. To this day, state violence and state-enabled interpersonal violence against indigenous women is massive and devastating. But it is also -- again, as it has been since contact -- the site of brilliant and inspiring resistance. In one of the most recent chapters of the Canadian state abetting this violence, the federal government decided to cut its funding to a non-governmental project that maintained a database of the many missing and murdered indigenous women in this country, and to turn the whole thing over to the RCMP. In response, indigenous women and their allies are building a new database, one that exists beyond the reach of settler institutions, and that is envisioned as part of building a larger movement not only against gendered colonial violence but for decolonization. Huntley and Williams talk with me about the broader context of violence against indigenous women, about the larger movement into which their own work fits, and about the database project in which both are partners.
In the course of the interview, Hunltey and Williams also mention several other important initiatives and resources, including Walking With Our Sisters, Hunltey's films The Heart Has Its Own Memory and Go Home, Baby Girl, and a talk by Andrea Smith at the No More Silence event in early 2013.
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