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Hey Prime Minister Harper, the answer is clear: #DoIMatterNow?

It's time to stand in solidarity - and Indigenous women are doing just that with Muslim women in Canada. 

Indigenous women are standing in solidarity with Muslim women in order to get Prime Minister Harper to focus on what really matters.

The #DoIMatterNow movement was launched to bring attention to the plight of Murdered & Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) while simultaneously slamming Harper for his disrespect for women’s freedom of dress.

Alethea Arnaquq-Baril posted the following statement about the movement to her Facebook page:

“Indigenous women are fighting for the right to be safe and in control of our own bodies, and instead of launching an inquiry to uncover the systemic racism that caused an epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women, Harper attacks our Muslim sisters for what they choose to wear.  

PM Harper, it’s my body, my clothing, and MY decision. You will not distract me from issues that actually matter to me as a Canadian. In solidarity with our Muslim sisters.” 

In the past, Stephen Harper has pushed for a ban on the niqab during citizenship ceremonies and for public servants. His attempts to ban it in 2011 were overturned by the Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal. Yet he has remained steadfast in his efforts and promises that, if re-elected, he will indeed ban the niqab.

Lena Amaruq Aittauq sparked the movement when she posted a photo of her face covered by a plaid wool scarf on Facebook. Karen Kabloona, another powerhouse behind the movement, took to Twitter and created the hashtag #DoIMatterNow.

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Canada’s people are so fed up with the issue, they’re currently turning up to vote wearing all kinds of face coverings – one guy even wore a pumpkin.