You can’t change what you don’t know. So how much do you know about the impacts of colonization on Indigenous people in past generations and in the present?
When we know the truth and embrace it, we begin the process of building and strengthening right relationships with our Indigenous neighbors. To that end, in April 2023, the ELCA launched a Truth and Healing Movement. Watch a video of Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton announcing the creation of the movement.
The MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) effort, within the Truth and Healing Movement, advocates for the end of violence against Indigenous women and draws attention to the high rates of disappearances and murders of Indigenous women and girls. The root causes lie in colonization and historical trauma, racism, and sexual objectification.
“Women of the ELCA has been involved in the anti-trafficking effort for nearly two decades. It is only natural, then, that we continue this important justice work with a focus on MMIW,” says Linda Post Bushkofsky, executive director.
This message is excerpted from “ELCA’s Truth & Healing Movement calls us to learn about MMIW,” by staff of the Women of the ELCA, from the April 27, 2023, blog of the Women of the ELCA. Today we commemorate Seattle, chief of the Duwamish Confederacy, 1866.
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