Native Women of Coast Salish Territory Rising

Sharon Lewis
Posted March 5, 2018 from Canada
Native Women - Nation to Nation Rising
Native women are the strength of their families Native women are the strength of their communities Native women are the strength of their nations
Native women digging clams
Native women digging clams: Native women brought home the bread, food, and worked hard! Today they continue to work hard in a society that does not recognize them in policy. (1/4)

Native Women have lived under the longest and most Violent Act of Cultural Genocide in the history of the World as we know it! They have survived massive violent attacks of our villages, residential school, sterilization, becoming removed from their homelands and reserves, and barbaric health care treatment. Native women are hunted down and murdered in North America with no Justice!

Over several generations of being treated with deep racism and discrimination, native women continue to be the strength of their families, their communities and across nations.

Native women lost their place within their societies resulting from forced colonization, loss of economy, loss of culture, loss of parental rights, matriarchy status, loss of social and structural control under the Indian Act. Native women have befallen into deep poverty in Canada, and continue to move forward.

Nothing is taken for granted in native communities today, and native women continue to smile and move forward, regardless of how bad it becomes. There are no bombs, no terrorist attacks. The attack is from constant deprivation of rights under the Indian Act, that's destroying our human rights across North America.

Death comes from poverty today, and illness or diseases that are 100% preventable in Canada/North America. Today, native children are removed from native mothers at an alarming rate! Today, native women want a voice and the barriers and struggle is great! Poverty is a reality for native women. There isn't Red Cross coming to save us, or give us clean water or food; native women struggled with deep poverty since contact with Colonials and Euro Colonial laws are meant to destroy and wipe out matriarchy, through the church, family laws and legislation. 

Native women keep smiling and moving forward like our grandmothers before us!

Today, native womenmove forward, with the idea that one day we will be at peace! We seek inclusion in Policy and Legislation without sexism, discrimination and racism.

Legislation of Poverty is right now; we seek a voice on all matters to change that!

Economy

Family Laws

Land

Language

Education

Employment

Justice

Treaty

Today, there is no guarantee from the Government of Canada for Reconciliation; we seek to gain a national voice on issues that are destroying our societies, communities and nation. Our land is hurting, our water is hurting, our fish are dying, our people are worried about the air, lands, sea, and air! Knowledge, intelligence, technology, and care for these things come from Native Women; help us by donating! Aho

 

 

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  • Sharon Lewis
    Mar 05
    Mar 05
  • jlanghus
    Mar 06
    Mar 06

    Hi Sharon. Thanks for sharing your passionate post and fundraiser. Keep up the good work, and good luck on your fundraiser!

  • Sharon Lewis
    Mar 06
    Mar 06

    I keep going, because I have to... thank you so much for your kind words.

  • sridevi k
    Mar 06
    Mar 06

    Dear Sharon,
    Hey Sis, Doing an awesome job as a fundraiser, Keep doing the good work Hope u r able to receive funds required and help lots of people through ur efforts
    Best Wishes
    Sincerely Sridevii

  • Sharon Lewis
    Mar 06
    Mar 06

    Thank you Sister, I work hard to make a difference! I support all our women around the world with their struggle. I wish things were different, you are all in my mind and prayers every morning. This cannot keep going, its not right!

  • JulieG
    Mar 06
    Mar 06

    Dear Sharon,
    I really appreciate you sharing this perspective and I hope you can change your legislation. I personally believe Native voices are so important for our future and there is so much for us to learn. Keep speaking up to highlight the strength of the women holding these communities together!

  • Sharon Lewis
    Mar 31
    Mar 31

    Justice entanglement from Canada and First Nations Women; "Women's legal status as First nations citizens could be unilaterally and irrevocably stolen by federal legislation that allowed their fathers or husbands to make decisions on their behalf. This regulation was major affront to women's autonomy - women had no recourse if their father or husband sold them out of status. It also seriously undermined the matri-lineal descent rule of many tribes by giving men authority to decide whether or not their families would retain First Nations membership. This voluntary enfranchisement provisions remained in effect until 1985." First Nations Women are experiencing linear racialized sexual violence from Canadian Legislation, citizens, and within Federal Band Policies on Reserves regarding the Rights of First Nations Women today. Totally neglected socially and economically and without a voice within the justice system. The negative impacts are devastating causing deep poverty from neglect and legislative discrimination. The fight continues today for a Voice in Canada! First Nations women are systemically murdered in Canada - with little regard to their person. Let us stop the systemic neglect of First Nations Women of Canada. The majority of First Nations Women of Canada become Victims within a family unit and remain silent to keep their families together. Many First Nations women die as a result of their emotional obligation to family and community. Many First Nations women are a statistic, nothing more to Canada. Violence against First Nations women developed into an economy for the justice system and networking program agencies - like victims services, transition houses, homeless shelters, and men are released from jail very fast after they are charged with violent crimes against First Nations Women. Within First Nations culture and native laws - women are held within high esteem within our territories because they are life-givers; even Elective First Nation leaders ignore native laws or women's place within our spiritual practice and nations, because of assimilation over time. First Nations men truly believe they sit in a higher place than First Nations women today within our nation. Because of Euro-Colonial teachings from school and discriminatory Canadian laws in place that oppress women. Please support, care and have compassion - help First Nations Women to regain their Voices across Indigenous Nations for the purpose of making political wrongs to right! Let me speak..stop racism: Support, lets stop Violence Against Native Women together! Canadian Legislative Acts and Policies spear head the negative treatment and neglect of First Nations Women of Canada, pushing First Nations Women into systemic discrimination and genocide from being absolutely invisible and voiceless under the Indian Act, please support our fight for justice on the homefront of Canada. https://www.gofundme.com/IndigenousWomen1st