Sunday marks the provincial day in Manitoba to honour missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, two-spirit and gender diverse people, but for families across Manitoba, every day is an opportunity to mourn those lost and call for justice.
After a national inquiry, which concluded that murdered and missing Indigenous women and girls are victims of a wider genocide, the investigators said they couldn’t determine exactly how many MMIWG cases there are over the decades and across the country.
Many of these deaths and disappearances haven’t been solved, even years later, but families are pressing on.
“I often say to folks that if you ever want to see examples of unconditional love, fierce protection and enormous amounts of courage and resiliency, all you need to do is look at MMIWG families across the country,” said Nahanni Fontaine, the MLA for St. Johns on CBC Radio’s Weekend Morning on Sunday.
“Our people fiercely love our children and our relatives and we’ll do anything to protect them.”
Even in the midst of a pandemic, Fontaine says the violence against Indigenous women, girls and two-spirit people is unrelenting.
She says three Indigenous women were killed in Manitoba in the last six months, and even more have gone missing.