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National Crisis of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women and Girls

Faceless aboriginal dolls

All Day Event on April 4

From Private Troubles to Public Issues is the title of the annual event organized by the Public Sociology @Western and held at the Central Library. Organizers bring a series of activists, scholars, and community leaders to share their innovative and insightful perspectives on current topics impacting the community. This year's program will feature sessional talks and round-table discussions on the ongoing national crisis of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls.

The social problem of missing and murdered aboriginal women is one that must not be ignored any longer by Canadians – say organizers who believe that a series of presentations by guest speakers will provoke a deeper understanding of the biographical and historical dimensions of this national crisis. In the first part of the event from, which takes place between 9:30 am and 12:15 pm, there will be three talks presented:

Returning to the Roots: The Indian Act and Our Current Epidemic

Darlene Ritchie, At^lohsa Native Family Healing Services  

Teaching of Healing: Honouring the Lives of Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women

Liz Akiwenzie, Southwest Ontario Aboriginal Health Access Centre,

Increasing Safety for Indigenous Women: Culturally Appropriate Resources and Services

Deshkan Ziibi, Native Women’s Association

After lunch break, starting at 1:15 pm, there will be two 45 minute sessions planned, which will enable attendees to take part in discussions focusing on particular areas of interest such as:

Identity, gender, and sexuality, Political and social policy, Land rights and environmental sustainability, Class and economic inequality, Social movements, activism, solidarity and allyship, Decolonization and anti-racism

Come and join us on Saturday, April 4 in the Stevenson & Hunt meeting room from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

The event is free and no registration required.