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london 09/11/2014 - 09:42AM

FINDING DAWN, Monday Nov. 10, 2014

For details see
http://londoncouncilofcanadians.blogspot.ca/2014/11/cinema-politica-pres...
and
https://www.facebook.com/events/1487036518235562/

CINEMA POLITICA LONDON | PRESS RELEASE November 7, 2014 (rev.) | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SUMMARY: Cinema Politica (CP) London presents a community film screening, FINDING DAWN, and invites community groups and individuals to engage in local dialogue on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, to be held on Monday, November 10, 6.30pm in the Stevenson-Hunt rooms of the Central Public Library.
This film event is free of charge. Parking is validated at the Central Library welcome desk. Doors open at 6pm.

" I awoke today, slowly thinking about the long day before me, ready to unfold into endless possibilities. Then, I remembered HER: my auntie, my cousin, my daughter, my mother, my sister, my grandmother, my niece, my granddaughter, my neighbour, my teacher, my friend...
I wonder where she is right now--because she is not here, we have no idea where she is, and her disappearance is not being treated seriously, so she is not safe. Trembling, I wonder: AM I NEXT? "

A prevailing thought in the minds of Canadian Aboriginal woman today, #Am I Next? is the slogan for the current media discussion on the fate of missing and murdered Aboriginal women here in Canada--an ominous possibility that reflects the palpable fear arising from this crisis of accountability toward these vulnerable citizens. This is also nothing short of apathy on the part our Canadian authorities toward the safety of citizens from any sector of society in Canada, since the vast majority of the perpetrators of these crimes are still at large, and they can strike out at any one of us.

What would you do if one day you heard that your daughter had not returned from a walk in the park that afternoon? Where would you go for help if your mother did not arrive home after shopping for groceries? Who would you turn to if your wife said she would be back in an hour after running some errands, and night had come, with her still not returned home?

The answer to those questions, and the expected investigation from the corresponding authorities should be a foregone conclusion to all of us, right?
Think again...

These women's stories are out there, about 1200 of them, according to the latest RCMP report which was brought about in response to the media frenzy around the murder of Aboriginal student Loretta Saunders, which made headlines around the world earlier this year. Ironically, Saunders had been actively researching the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women…until she was murdered.

Since then the media has never been more attentive to the call for a wider public inquiry into the high rate of murdered First Nations women in Canada. Yet every day more stories appear about Aboriginal women missing or murdered, with the victims' lifestyles being blamed, their families being stonewalled or discriminated against in their search for answers, and shockingly for us all, authorities not reacting with due diligence to provide timely assistance when it is their sworn public duty to carry out. The Native Women's Association of Canada cites the eye-opening statistic that 49% of all women murdered in Canada are Aboriginal, but the vast majority of these crimes have not been resolved.

Those authorities, who could be part of the solution, hold the public responsibility to mobilize the resources necessary to bring hope or closure to the families of these women, while putting in place measures to safe-guard Canadian society against such criminality. In the media, these same authorities have refused to acknowledge this as a national crisis affecting us all. But, how can this not be a crisis and a tragedy for all Canadians, when a vulnerable sector of our society suffers the daily terror of unknown but probable violence, at anytime and anywhere, risking their ongoing psychological and physical well-being?

To highlight this issue, Polaris prize-winning Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq recently revealed to the media that this sort of predatory situation is often experienced by Aboriginal women, having happened to her during her recent collaboration with Royal Winnipeg Ballet, while walking alone on a lunch break. Since not even fame precludes vulnerability to such risks, all Canadians need to be invested in bringing these crimes to justice.

So, what can you do to find out more about this? In conjunction with the London Public Library (londonpubliclibrary.ca), Cinema Politica London (cinemapolitica.org/london) extends an invitation to the general public to attend an exciting film screening exploring the topic of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Award-winning NFB film Finding Dawn is directed by acclaimed Métis filmmaker and researcher, Christine Welsh, who addresses the deep historical, social and economic factors at the heart of this epidemic of violence against Aboriginal women, while introducing you to some of these women's stories.

This November film event serves as a remembrance moment, honoring the lives of all missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada, in addition to being a conversation space for the audience to engage with many Indigenous and mainstream social agencies which are part of the local dialogue on this issue. As well, Western University's chapter of Amnesty International will be on hand to discuss the "No More Stolen Sisters" campaign

Cinema Politica London's Finding Dawn film event will take place Monday November 10th at 6.30pm in the Stevenson Hunt Rooms (opposite Wolf Hall) of the Central Public Library. Doors open to the public at 6pm and parking can validated with the library while you attend the event.

So come to this free event, see a riveting film, Finding Dawn, and join the conversation with many other like-minded people on this important issue.

For press & media inquiries on the current C.P. London film screening, Finding Dawn, please contact Paula Papel at london [at] cinemapolitica [dot] org | 519.697.9252.
Updated event info at : cinemapolitica.org/london | https://www.facebook.com/events/1487036518235562/ |
http://londoncouncilofcanadians.blogspot.ca/2014/11/cinema-politica-pres...
For Cinema Politica London's Sept-May monthly film screenings (with times & dates, trailers, synopses, and more) please visit our webpage: cinemapolitica.org/london