Home » Newswire » Corbett: It’s time for the media to shift the narrative on murdered and missing Indigenous women – Winnipeg Sun
Corbett: It’s time for the media to shift the narrative on murdered and missing Indigenous women – Winnipeg Sun
by ahnationtalk onJune 11, 201915 Views
Historically, the misrepresentation of Indigenous women and girls has resulted in them being viewed as less deserving of our sympathy than other victims of violence.
Last week, the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) released its final report, concluding that the deaths and disappearances of Indigenous women and girls is a “Canadian genocide.” In finding that the MMIWG epidemic constitutes an act of genocide, the inquiry has reframed the narrative around MMIWG.
Narratives matter because they shape the way we understand the story. They tell us who the victims are and whether or not they deserve our sympathy. In this case, the narrative invites us to infer responsibility for violence experienced by Indigenous women and girls. A new narrative provides a new perspective on this terrible part of Canada’s history.