Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters


Keetsahnak / Our Missing and Murdered Indigenous Sisters

In Keetsahnak / Our Murdered and Missing Indigenous Sisters, the tension between personal, political, and public action is brought home starkly as the contributors look at the roots of violence and how it diminishes life for all. Together, they create a model for anti-violence work from an Indigenous perspective. They acknowledge the destruction wrought by colonial violence, and also look at controversial topics such as lateral violence, challenges in working with “tradition,” and problematic notions involved in “helping.” Through stories of resilience, resistance, and activism, the editors give voice to powerful personal testimony and allow for the creation of knowledge.

It’s in all of our best interests to take on gender violence as a core resurgence project, a core decolonization project, a core of Indigenous nation building, and as the backbone of any Indigenous mobilization. —Leanne Betasamosake Simpson

Contributors: Kim Anderson, Stella August, Tracy Bear, Christi Belcourt, Robyn Bourgeois, Rita Bouvier, Maria Campbell, Maya Ode’amik Chacaby, Downtown Eastside Power of Women Group, Susan Gingell, Michelle Good, Laura Harjo, Sarah Hunt, Robert Alexander Innes, Beverly Jacobs, Tanya Kappo, Tara Kappo, Lyla Kinoshameg, Helen Knott, Sandra Lamouche, Jo-Anne Lawless, Debra Leo, Kelsey T. Leonard, Ann-Marie Livingston, Brenda Macdougall, Sylvia Maracle, Jenell Navarro, Darlene R. Okemaysim-Sicotte, Pahan Pte San Win, Ramona Reece, Kimberly Robertson, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Beatrice Starr, Madeleine Kétéskwew Dion Stout, Waaseyaa’sin Christine Sy, Alex Wilson

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Front cover 1
Title page 4
Copyright page 5
Dedication 6
Contents 8
Prologue | Belcourt 12
Acknowledgements 20
Introduction | Anderson 22
I All Our Relations 32
1 Voices from the Downtown Eastside | Leo, Starr & August 34
2 Honouring Women | Jacobs 46
3 Sacred Sisters and Sacred Circles | Lamouche 66
4 Honouring Elsie | Livingston & Hunt 76
II The Violence of History 94
5 Generations of Genocide | Bourgeois 96
6 A Tradition of Violence | Good 120
7 The (Un)Making of Property | Leonard 134
8 (The Missing Chapter) On Being Missing | Chacaby 156
III Challenges 176
9 Violence and Extraction | Knott 178
10 Skirting the Issues | Wilson 192
11 The Moose in the Room | Innes & Anderson 206
12 Considering Wenonah, Considering Us | Sy 224
13 Centring Resurgence | Simpson 246
IV Action, Always 272
14 Iskwewuk E-wichiwitochik | Okemaysim, Gingell & Bouvier 274
15 Woman Sacred | Pte San Win 302
16 Leading with Our Hearts | Harjo, Navaroo & Robertson 310
Epilogue 336
Contributors 358
Index 370
Campus Alberta 401