From the First Nations people of Canada to the Inuit of the Arctic Circle, Turtle Island, the North “American” continent without borders: the land, air, water, animal relatives and Indigenous people are suffering from a violent 500+ year colonial history. Considering Indigenous people have belonged to this continent since time-immemorial, the shuddering powers of genocide and environmental degradation have left staggering and unapologetic consequences for Indigenous Nations. It is a reality that delves deep into the heart of a legacy predominated by patriarchal control and a conquered landscape. One of the most difficult and continual issues Indigenous People face is the extremely high rate of missing and murdered people. There are numbers, stats, etc. to support understanding this violence but as Indigenous communities, we live with the reality in our hearts, minds, spirits and bodies.
A recent report from the Urban Indian Health Institue found Salt Lake City to be in the top ten cities for cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Utah Must Lead the Way: Ending the Violence on Indigenous Relatives is a campaign that addresses the silence and ignorance, ensuring that we as Utah residents understand the critical need to create comprehensive and holistic change in our communities as a path to honoring and protecting our Indigenous Relatives. We must address symptoms of settler colonialism such as: land-dispossession, poverty, homelessness, racism, sexism, rape, trafficking and environmental racism.
Policy is a vital area especially for tribal communities. Updating tribal code regarding anti-violence is a significant step forward. Outreach is something that we take seriously. Our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
With our organization’s mission always in mind, we strive to find new strategies for dealing with this challenge. We offer an array of training primarily technical assistance to direct service providers and the community. As well, we have a library of resources. Our team is working each and every day to make a positive impact. Contact us to learn more about our commitment to this cause.
All Navajo children deserve a safe and nurturing environment. Children on the Navajo Nation in Utah often experience violence as a victim or witness in small, remote communities. Many times after a child has experienced trauma the first point of contact is a police officer and for a majority of the children are placed into protective services. Officers arriving at an emergency scene can use teddy bears to comfort and distract a child from a potentially traumatic or crisis situation like domestic violence. This project is in partnership with the Navajo Nation Police Department located in Shiprock, NM and who serve the Navajo Nation residents in Utah.
At Restoring Ancestral Winds, we are dedicated to stepping up our efforts in addressing the issue of violence. The Start by Believing public awareness campaign is by no means an easy feat, but through cooperation and community empowermentwe believe we can facilitate progress in this area. We are always striving to make a difference, and invite you to learn more and lend your support.
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