I respect our sovereignty and our decision to remain sovereign and not participate in a foreign settler government, if that's how you perceive them. But today of all days, please use your right to vote not as a form of assimilation, but as a form of warrior-ship.
For decades (and still), Indigenous women have either been murdered or stolen or shipped off to the sex trade, because it's known that no one will come looking for them.
They hope and pray to Creator that someone will think of them, that someone will come and save them. And yet we have the privilege to sit and do nothing as a conceived act of "sovereignty" on the precipice of change?
On the eve when Canada can finally have a Government that will have a respectable relationship with the original people of Canada? Who will acknowledge not only our plight as Indigenous people, but our women who are missing or murdered?
I vote because right now, an Indigenous sister is out there being violated and begging the Universe for someone to come and save her.
An inquiry won't solve everything, but it send a message to rapists, murderers, kidnappers, pimps, sex ring leaders: Indigenous women matter.