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.
Here are some of the best tweets:
— tay (@fifth_unison) October 19, 2015
— Game Over (@vansopinion8ted) October 19, 2015
— Nickie ??☘️ (@MuskokaMoneybag) October 11, 2015
— Katie Omstead (@KatieOmstead) October 11, 2015
— Paula Simons (@Paulatics) October 9, 2015
give the missing and murdered, and LIVING Canadian aboriginal women the attention they deserve #doimatternow ?
— Rachel Tremblay (@swell_rachelle) October 9, 2015
— Sobia Ali-Faisal (@DrSobiaAF) October 9, 2015
— Georgia Collins (@georgiamcollins) October 9, 2015
— Kilikvak Kabloona (@kilikvak) October 8, 2015
— Rochelle Côté (@ptitroch) October 11, 2015
— Erin (@erinelizj) October 19, 2015
— Rima Berns-McGown (@rimabernsm) October 16, 2015
— Michelle Russell (@realtormom3) October 13, 2015
— Pitsiulaaq (@pitsiulaaq) October 9, 2015
— Beverly Sembsmoen (@BMSembsmoen) October 10, 2015
— Finding Simon (@FindingSimon) October 11, 2015
— Alethea ArnaquqBaril (@Alethea_Aggiuq) October 8, 2015
I don't think anyone understands how happy the aboriginal women standing against Harper alongside Muslims women made me. @Alethea_Aggiuq
— history guy pietro (@brxwncanadian) October 20, 2015
— Graham Chivers ☀️ (@deepgreendesign) October 11, 2015
Well done, ladies. Well done.
— Katie Bickell (@Katie_Bickell) October 11, 2015
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.