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Where are all our flowers going? – Anglican Journal

by ahnationtalk on June 11, 201927 Views

June 11, 2019

Where have all the flowers gone…?” – Pete Seeger

I grew up on a reserve near Syracuse, New York. As children, for the most part, we lived a carefree, safe life. There were times of family violence related to alcohol abuse; alcohol was not part of our traditional lifestyle, but was brought to my people by the settlers. We called it the “mind changer,” and that is what it did.

Alcohol brought with it the power to change our communities—but another, greater problem is one I remember well, and one that our whole country is now facing. For Indigenous communities across North America, the disappearance and murder of women and girls is a life changer—once that kind of violence enters the community, it doesn’t leave. I remember one of our young girls being abducted, sexually abused and murdered. It devastated the whole community, and after that our moms were more restrictive about where we went and told us not to travel the roads alone.

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