You know, with the Scottish independence referendum going on at the moment, I see some people in my Facebook feed who are from Quebec who support them. But the one status that really struck me was as follow: “Come on Scotland, have the courage that Quebecers have never had!”.

The deal with separatism is that the province of Quebec want to split a land that touches many First Nations un-ceded territory. Just here in the National Capital, we sit on the un-ceded territory of the Algonquins. So separating this territory would be conflictual with this issue. Another community who would be affected like this are the Mohawks of Awkesasne. They already have issues right now, considering the fact that they have a part of their territory in Quebec, a part in Ontario but also a part in the United States. 

So what would it mean if there was a separation that did not include First Nations in the process and negotiations? It would probably mean a revolution movement from the First nations, and I even think it could head for a civil war. Think the Oka Crisis, but even bigger, considering that it would imply more communities that are being completely unrecognized and disrespected. In the Nation’s Capital, there would be an overflow of people moving from Quebec to Ottawa, because it would be too much of a hassle to go to work, and they wouldn’t want to be part of the prospected failure of the new “country” who may I add, wanted to keep the Canadian currency. That’s basically saying “hey mom/dad, I’m moving out but you got to keep giving me money so I can live on my own”. Is that really being independent? To me, it makes you look completely stupid and irresponsible. Quebec doesn’t want to deal with being independent, but they want to give the image of being a “Quebec Libre”. 

Anyways, it’s really staggering to see that colonialism is still very much present, and how Caucasian people (not all of them, mind you) think that everything belongs to them, and do not take in consideration the historic aspect of how they came to be here, and the relationship between the Colonial Country and the Aboriginal peoples. How they think that we’re simply a burden to the country, and how we are all failures. But in a way, I realize it’s not completely their fault: as my aunt once told me, Canadians were robbed of their true history. Meaning that they don’t know what really is going on in the matters of Aboriginal politics, and really it’s the government’s fault. 

But then again, they don’t want to change their mindset, and it will cause this perpetual racism that seems impossible to get rid of .

First off, I don’t understand why we have to attempt and convince the Harper government to conduct an inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women. The way i interpret this is that Harper does not care about the lives of the Aboriginal women, and that solving cases where Aboriginal women are murdered or missing are a waste of time. 
Two girls from my home community have been missing for six years now, and we still have no clue what happened to them. When they were reported missing by the parents, they were told that they probably ran away and that they wouldn’t open a case (http://www.findmaisyandshannon.com). So the mother of one of the girls has conducted her own searches until the Sécurité Québec decided to open a case SIX MONTHS LATER. Why did it take them so long to start looking for these two girls? If it were any other girl, they would have started searching right away, but because they were Native, they probably were just “fed up with living as a Native and they decided to go somewhere else”. Again, and I can’t believe we have to say this but our lives matter too. Why is that so hard to understand? 
Our lives matter just as much as any human being. As an Algonquin woman, I should not be afraid of walking alone at night because I know that I have 3.5 times more chances of being assaulted, murdered or kidnapped: because not only am I a woman, but because of my identity. I should not be feeling this way, and I should feel safe, and that goes for all the women in the world too. Not a single women, let her be Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Black, Indian, or any nationality, we should be able to walk in the streets without being paranoid about if someone is following us. Basically, this is why we need feminism. We should not be considered more vulnerable or viewed as weak just because of our gender. We should be able to do what we want, like men, and not be judged. 
This being said, my question to Stephen Harper is, am I next? Am I the next Indigenous woman who will be missing or murdered and will be leaving my family with no answers? 

First off, I don’t understand why we have to attempt and convince the Harper government to conduct an inquiry for missing and murdered Indigenous women. The way i interpret this is that Harper does not care about the lives of the Aboriginal women, and that solving cases where Aboriginal women are murdered or missing are a waste of time. 

Two girls from my home community have been missing for six years now, and we still have no clue what happened to them. When they were reported missing by the parents, they were told that they probably ran away and that they wouldn’t open a case (http://www.findmaisyandshannon.com). So the mother of one of the girls has conducted her own searches until the Sécurité Québec decided to open a case SIX MONTHS LATER. Why did it take them so long to start looking for these two girls? If it were any other girl, they would have started searching right away, but because they were Native, they probably were just “fed up with living as a Native and they decided to go somewhere else”. Again, and I can’t believe we have to say this but our lives matter too. Why is that so hard to understand? 

Our lives matter just as much as any human being. As an Algonquin woman, I should not be afraid of walking alone at night because I know that I have 3.5 times more chances of being assaulted, murdered or kidnapped: because not only am I a woman, but because of my identity. I should not be feeling this way, and I should feel safe, and that goes for all the women in the world too. Not a single women, let her be Caucasian, Hispanic, Asian, Black, Indian, or any nationality, we should be able to walk in the streets without being paranoid about if someone is following us. Basically, this is why we need feminism. We should not be considered more vulnerable or viewed as weak just because of our gender. We should be able to do what we want, like men, and not be judged. 

This being said, my question to Stephen Harper is, am I next? Am I the next Indigenous woman who will be missing or murdered and will be leaving my family with no answers? 

I remember when I was a kid, we didn’t have a lot of money. My mom had gotten a crappy car that we almost had to take to the garage every couple of months, and one time, it was because the signal stick fell off and stopped working.

So we bring it to our trustee mechanic Jacques, who either loved or pitied us, and mom couldn’t afford the new part for the clicker so he replaced it with one of his screwdrivers, and told my mom to come back when she would be able to pay for the real part.

So that’s how my mom had a screwdriver as a signal stuck for a few months and that is still funny to me.