Content warning for discussions of violence and death.
This week I had the tremendous pleasure of sitting down in Regina, Saskatchewan with four of the women at Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children. Robyn Pitawanakwat, Richelle Dubois, Satin Denny, and Gaylene Henry, along with their communities, are working to bring attention to the injustices facing Indigenous families in Canada, who are losing their children to violence, an unjust legal system, and child protective services. In this episode, they talk about the work the camp is doing, and why, in the wake of Raymond Cormier’s and Gerald Stanley’s acquittals, they’re demanding justice.
- Contribute to the Haven Dubois Memorial Fund by sending money via PayPal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Contribute to the Camp’s work by sending money to email@example.com.
- Learn more about Richelle’s Dubois’s fight for an inquest into her son’s death.
- Many of the organizers for Camp: Justice for Our Stolen Children were involved in previous solidarity camps that you can read about here!
- For more context on Residential Schools and the mission to “kill the Indian in the child,” read about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada.
- Read up about the acquittals of Raymond Cormier and Gerald Stanley and how Canada is failing Indigenous youth.
- I mention Ijeoma Oluo’s book So You Want to Talk About Race, which you should definitely read if you haven’t already.
- Finally, just this week two colleagues of mine at SFU uncovered archival evidence of a key passage that had been elided from Maria Campbell’s iconic 1973 memoir Halfbreed, a passage that is very significant to this episode’s discussions of police violence against Indigenous people. This article is a must-read. Content warning for sexual violence.
The podcast theme song is “Mesh Shirt” by Mom Jeans off their album “Chub Rub.” Listen to the whole album here or learn more about them here. Robyn, Richelle, Satin, and Gaylene’s theme song is “That’s Alright” by Laura Mvula and please promise me you will go watch the video RIGHT NOW.
Secret Feminist Agenda is recorded on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations. This episode was also recorded on Treaty 4 Territory, the traditional territory of the Cree, Saulteaux, Nakota, Lakota and Dakota peoples, and is the homeland of the Métis people.