[ View the story "Indigenous women in Canada ask #AmINext " on Storify] Indigenous women in Canada ask #AmINext Campaign calls for public inquiry into mounting number of murdered and missing indigenous women.
The Stream· Tue, Sep 09 2014 17:40:42
Holly Jarrett | FacebookAIN- a term of endearment used in the Inuktitut language to tenderly refer to a loved one. AIN- Am I Next Please join me in challenging the millions of...
The response, Jarrett told The Stream, has been overwhelmingly positive. More than 320,000 people have signed a
calling for an inquiry. Others have joined Jarrett's campaign by posting selfies with #AmINext to put pressure on the government:
Leese Dustyhorn - Mobile Uploads | FacebookFacebook
Join the campaign for an inquiry of the Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women of Canada #AmINext #MMIW #MMAW #cdnpoli
In May, a review by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP)
nearly 1,200 aboriginal women went missing or murdered between 1980 and 2013. The report also
a disproportionate number of aboriginal women in Canada had been killed compared to non-aboriginal women.
Harper rejected calls for an inquiry in August and
the country "should not view this as a sociological phenomenon" and instead "view it as a crime".
Many online disagreed:
1,000's of aboriginal women in Canada have been murdered or gone missing, nothing has been done to stop these violent acts #AmINext? #MMIWBoxcar Jazzy
My feed is full of smart, vital and powerful women asking #AmINext - This is heartbreaking and must stop - We need an inquiry now! #MMIWEl Dolmago
Others were also concerned the Harper government had its priorities wrong:
Don Burnstick - PM Harper. Having a press conference bout... | FacebookPM Harper. Having a press conference bout some missing ships. Over 200 yrs ago while doing this he sits beside an Aboriginal woman. Minister Algukak. But...
#Laureen worries about cats. #Stephen's new priority is police dogs. I guess #MMIW still didn't make their priorities then. #Harper #cdnpoliDavid Paterson
#AMINEXT " raising awareness about "Cat Welfare" is more important than Missing & Murdered Indigenous " #MMIW
Some, however, felt the #AmINext campaign perpetuated the idea of victimhood:
What's up w/ FN's women asking # Am I Next ? Stop the victimization - Empower one another.Dee Kasokeo
Perpetuating victimhood with a hashtag @CBC_Aboriginal #aminextceline
Jarrett responded to these views, saying she believes the campaign is proactive, drawing on the Inuktitut word "AIN', which is used to acknowledge those loved ones. She said she hopes the campaign will provoke a "solidified and unified force to move forward" on the issue.
the debate over missing and murdered First Nations women in a show earlier this year:
The Stream - Protecting Canada's indigenous womenaljazeeraenglish