Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Stop The Violence Movement

Cheyenne proverb: A nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground. Then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons.

To all Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nations,

RE: STOP THE VIOLENCE in Indigenous Communities!

As Nuu-Chah-Nulth women and men we are regenerating our responsibility to uphold our Sacred Laws. It is with this strength of spirit and out of love for our communities, the land, justice, and freedom that we demand the immediate stop of violence, be it physical, sexual, emotional or spiritual abuse in the homes and communities of our women and children. We are demanding the restoration of respect for the role women have, for their ability to bring life into this world.

As Nuu-Chah-Nulth peoples we have resisted 200 years plus of violence at the hands of the colonizers and their guns, canons and diseases. All Indigenous peoples experience colonialism through the racist policies and legislation of the department of children and family services, which dictate to us whether we are ‘fit’ to raise our own children. The travesty we face today is this rage and frustration turned inward; a perpetuation of colonialism and violence within our own communities.

It is not acceptable to allow our women and children to be constant victims of violent abuse. It is against Nuu-Chah-Nulth values, principles and laws. This can only be addressed if we stand together and prepare to address this issue in a meaningful way.

Join us in a walk to stop the violence from May 5-14, 2006. We will travel through each of the NCN territories, ending up in Tla-o-qui-aht for mother’s day. Families are welcome, including women, men, elders and youth. Join us in our struggle for freedom from violence and oppression!

For further information and to offer support please feel free to contact me at (250) 386-0760 or by e-mail at rogilvie@shaw.ca.

Ha'wiih'thlup (David Dennis) (604)868-4283 dave@unns.bc.ca

Na'cha'uaht (Cliff Atleo Jr.) (250)720-7203 cliffatleojr@gmail.com


Cuu, with respect and love,

Chiinuuks (Ruth) Ogilvie

4 Comments:

At 9:58 AM, Blogger Doll Creator said...

I am happy to hear of this. Since I will be out of school, and with no job prospects in the near future, do you think I can take my kids there for one day of the walk? Although I am not of your area, support will be given for your efforts. I would like to think I am infusing my young baby boys with all this protect Aboriginal momma's that a nice day walking the walk wouldn't be a bad thing.

Me and my little radicals would be glad to join. Send me the details.

Gloria

 
At 10:17 AM, Blogger Na'cha'uaht said...

Your presence (and that of your family) and support would be more than welcome! :D I will keep you posted. W

 
At 11:14 AM, Anonymous Mikelle said...

Cliff,

You are a good man and a true leader.

Thank you for this.

Mikelle

 
At 9:07 AM, Anonymous Emily Smith said...

I have nothing on my schedule for this time and would love to join you. We are long over due for doing something for our sisters. I want to thank you for this. I just recieved news today that one of my cousins was found yesterday on the DTES may she rest in peace.

Keep me in the loop.

Emily Smith

 

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