Native Women of Canada Survived the Longest and Most Violent Act of Cultural Genocide!

Cowichan Th'wulhalem
Posted June 1, 2018 from Canada
Native Women Need World-Wide Support to be Acknowledged!
Native women experience linear racialized discrimination at every single level of the law of Canada.

Native women are essential for family, communities and nations across North America. Native women were a huge part of the economy before contact, they were translators, and food providers for family. They carried the "name's" of the family carried down for thousands of years (since our beginning of time) and even rivers and regions were named after native women. After colonization the destruction of the normal native society and women's lives shattered under the Indian Act.

What was shattered? 

1) language

2) economy

3) educators

4) stories

5) way of life (societies)

6) travel

7) harvesting

8) names & ceremonies for names

9) spirituality

10) identity

11) governance of nations and environment

12) justice - if a native woman was raped and murdered? If the man was captured, he was sentenced to give up all his lands, possessions, and he was become banished from the territory - which usually meant death, for hurting a woman - because she was recognized as a life giver. Women are the center of their nation, their communities and families.

I' have been campaigning for many years, but in order to collect research I have to have:

1) expenses

2) new computer

3) lap top

4) Ipad

5) travel

6) four culturally appropriate rounds, with food - to feed the guests who come forward to speak

7) a give away for the elders - which is appropriate to give them quilts - and I need a sewing machine, so I need a sewing machine.

8) hire someone to sew the quilts and buy fabric

9) posters, news prints, and justice questionnaire to reach 1000 women

Your donations are appreciated and needed, please help.

Native women live under the longest and most Violent Legislative Act in the world; the Indian Act. 

Please care and donate today - your donations matter and count! 

Corporate, Governance, and Justice issues must become addressed, because too many native women go missing, and they are never found and the ones that are found - usually dead, never find justice. Justice is definitely on the forefront today for Native Women of Canada. Your donations matter.

https://www.gofundme.com/IndigenousWomensResearch

Comments 3

Log in or register to post comments
Jill Langhus
Jun 02, 2018
Jun 02, 2018

Hi Sharon. It's so impressive how you're trying to help your native people. Can you tell me what you have been able to do so far with the funds that you have received? It would be great to hear what you have been able to achieve so far. Do you have a website and/or social media page(s)? I can't remember. Thanks.

Cowichan Th'wulhalem
Jun 02, 2018
Jun 02, 2018

I have been campaigning for Native Women for over 20 years. I implemented the Medicine Wheel in North America, 1st within the justice system. Remember, I haven't campaigned for funding until the last couple years. I get peanuts, comparable to what I have done. I traveled across Canada - met with, and campaigned for native women with my own funding. I have spent about 75,000 of my own money on my campaign. I developed a research template for homelessness - and worked toward new agreements, for the Midwest in Canada. I had "Don't take our children" for policy changes and new agreements for the over representation of native children in care - having said that, there was about 24 native kids in one non-native foster care home, in urban centers (cities) and native children were dying, neglected and murdered. I facilitated "Let Me Speak" Stop Racism. Of course, any funds donated, is nothing compared to the costs of having a forum. I put out posters, news print. I had an Aboriginal Human Rights #101 public forum about 4 years again, I believe I only received about $1200. and the forum costs was triple that to meet the demand, because, all things are expensive in BC. People just don't donate for native women or campaigns for native women, even wealthy native men don't donate to native women causes. I have spent a lot of my own money, and many Non-Native Agencies gobble up the funds for native women, even Non-Native Agencies for Reconciliation Grants. There appears to be abuse of Native Women's funds all around, from every level of services geared toward native women. So, I campaign for native women, even though I do not gain a whole lot of money.

I am facilitating four public rounds, and to give out culturally appropriate gifts for elders and women, along with gift-giving for the volunteers. Expenses and moving around is a daily grind. Housing shortage is huge on the platform. Its horrible, and the money is peanuts comparable to costs and what people donate. The research template must become modified, and the energy into any native women's project is highly demanding, with little success when it comes to donations. People would rather donate to Africa than North America when it comes to poverty issues. We need housing, acknowledgement of our culture, education, jobs, recognition for native family laws, but as all things in Canada - it takes time and money. I wait for one huge donation to come my way - its a dream, because it never actually happens. So, maybe I will win the Lotto MAX one day. The Creator cannot turn a blind eye to all the injustices against Native Women much longer. Its like a living hell for Native Women, and even lighter skinned native women are treated so much better, by the dominating society. We have huge issues to over-throw in Canada. Please donate!

Success my dear, is not for native women, success under Indian Act for Native Women is a life-time of pure drudgery and poverty. I wake every morning, with boots to the ground and pray, and make the best of it. Sometimes, when a native woman smiles at me, and told me she got her kids back. Her smile is rewarding enough. Its a struggle not yet over. We are battling society, and the war is not yet over.

Jill Langhus
Jun 03, 2018
Jun 03, 2018

Wow! You've been a busy lady and I strongly believe all your efforts aren't for naught. I wish I could help you and all the other worthy causes on WP. You don't have a website? Or, is it a blog about your work and successes? I think it's important to showcase your successes so that people can see what has been done and where you're going and doing. Thanks for sharing:)

Related Stories