Read ’em and weep

This week, I opened up the PDF volumes of the final report of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls national inquiry. It was released in 2019.

Volume 1a is available here. (It’s 728 pages)
Volume 1b is available here. (It’s 352 pages)

I share it here to encourage all of us to set aside some time to dig into this.

And to give us a call: this is for us to explore.

This is new (2019). It’s unique to Canada, and especially British Columbians. There are no other meme-makers to do this work for us to help us understand what is in here. It won’t automatically swoosh downhill in a palatable wave of Instagram-memes, unless we are the ones helping make them.

The stories and heartache here in Canada remains trapped in 1000 PDF pages. This is not a good format for the internet.

If you find yourself to be a content specialist — someone who copywrites, makes memes, writes blogs, creates infographics, storytells, makes videos — consider this an invitation.

As you read it, consider sharing notable quotes, stand-out stats, key calls-to-action. Consider doing what you can to help make the content more discoverable. We need to hear this.

As I began to dig into it, my heart began to break:

Officially, the Government of Canada currently recognizes five genocides: the Holocaust, the Holodomor genocide, the Armenian genocide in 1915, the Rwandan genocide of 1994, and the ethnic cleansing in Bosnia from 1992 to 1995.


The testimonies heard by the National Inquiry make clear, we must consider the application of genocide in both legal and in social terms, and as it persists today.

(The above passages are on page 53 of volume 1a)

This is not being stated as hyperbole.

Our home-on-native-land stands accused of genocide, not just in the past, but continuing today. There is much to rediscover about the nation we have thought of as Canada. Will you read with me and learn what action we must take?

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