July 2014


PAST EVENT: On Saturday, July 19th, community members came together to celebrate the completion of a public mural commissioned by Missing Justice and conceptualized and painted by artist Fanny Aishaa, with Monk-e & GUKO. Themural, on the wall of the anarchist bookstore L’insoumise, is a public statement to denounce and demand attention to violence against all Indigenous women, and to honour the lives and spirits of those who have gone missing or been found murdered. Photo by Colleen Cardinal.   Watch a hoop dance by Barbara and Emily Diabo at the...

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Thursday, July 24, 7pm: Young Lakota, presented by Justice for Missing and Murdered Native Women (Missing Justice) & the Reproductive Justice League 1500 de Maisonneuve W, #404 FREE film screenings & discussions! And…popcorn. Marion Lipschutz, Rose Rosenblatt, and Heather Rae, 2013, 83 min. Followed by a facilitated discussion with Jessica Danforth of the Native Youth Sexual Health Alliance. Official trailer: http://vimeo.com/65080304 The Pine Ridge Reservation is no stranger to strife and heartbreak, stark realities and inspired idealism. In Young Lakota, we are brought directly into the emotional and often uncertain journey of Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their politically ambitious friend Brandon Ferguson, who all share the compelling desire to make a difference for themselves and their community. Their political awakening begins when Cecelia Fire Thunder, the first female president of their tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women’s clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Sunny, just back on the reservation after two years in college, Serena, unwed and with a toddler, and Brendan with two little boys, find themselves immersed in this political battle as they struggle between opportunity and principle; between selling out or staying the course through twists and turns that they could not have anticipated. This is a uniquely sensitive portrayal of bright young people finding their way, as the film follows the surprising highs and lows of the statewide referendum on abortion and a divisive tribal election. Young Lakota tells the tale of the diverging paths Brandon and Sunny begin to take. Ultimately it is the complex interplay of personal choice, and cultural, economic and political circumstance that defines who they are and what kind of adults they are becoming. Beyond the divisiveness and turmoil, the stark disappointments and heady triumphs, Sunny’s courage and Cecelia Fire Thunder’s wisdom gives Young Lakota a sense of enduring possibility and of life being lived deeply that will resonate with any...

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