The Land and Body Sovereignty Project
In the United States, mainstream society fails to address a crisis of epidemic proportions; violence to indigenous women and children. Indigenous peoples are raped, assaulted, abused, murdered, and kidnapped at rates far above the national average. This attack on our bodies is akin to attacks on our land. The health and safety of indigenous people is directly linked to the health and safety of our land. Our indigenous people’s body sovereignty is entwined with the sovereignty of our First Nations.
There is a direct correlation between increased rates of sexual abuse, trafficking, and domestic violence against women and children in regions where fossil fuel extraction companies set up “man camps” to house workers. Our goal is to grow the network of MMIW activists and bring light to this problem with a platform to connect people, communities, and resources across Turtle Island in the United States and Canada.