The following letter was submitted by Womyn 4 Social Justice Sault Ste. Marie
We are disheartened by the comments made by Frank Fata and Bryan Hayes in regards to the Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada that was held on February 18, 2015.
This event was organized by three dedicated groups; Womyn 4 Social Justice, Phoenix Rising Women’s Centre and Nimkii-Naabkawagan Family Crisis Shelter, to bring awareness to the issues faced by these women to our community leaders. Mr. Fata and Mr. Haye’s implications that families are responsible for the victimization of their daughters are not only naïve, but bias and discriminatory.
We sincerely hope that family members and loved ones of these women do not take these comments to heart. These individuals have encountered unimaginable grief and pain and this instance of victim blaming only adds insult to injury. We stand in solidarity with these women and their families, and will continue to work for justice and equality.
Womyn 4 Social Justice Sault Ste. Marie