The disproportionate cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls, LGBTQ+, & 2Spirit people, men and boys is often referred to as Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) however, as this violence most widely impacts women & girls, you may have seen this referenced as #MMIW.
We will be using the abbreviation #MMIR.
The combined forces of colonization, displacement, impoverishment, attempted genocide & indoctrination, and dehumanization of Indigenous Peoples have manifested in what Corinne Rice refers to as ‘the perfect storm of oppressive atmospheres.’
Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are not inherently ‘more likely’ to commit crime or experience crime. We are more likely to experience the conditions of oppression & scarcity that result in the need for survival by any means necessary.
The institutions that create these harmful conditions will not be the ones to save us. WE will save us.
According to research from @SovereignBodies, “stories of cases wrongfully classified as accidental, suicide, or undetermined are common across Indigenous communities.” Cases of abductions are often brushed off as runaway cases. Inconsistent data puts justice out of reach.
Repost of @blairimani 🙏🏽#LearnOClock dedicated to #NAHM and the crisis of #MMIR.
in collaboration with @MissCorinne86 (Lakota and Kahnawake Mohawk) Native educator and journalist.
Art by @zeaink & portraits by @beanhorsecar