Torn from Our Midst
Voices of Grief, Healing and Action from the Missing Indigenous Women Conference, 2008
ISBN: 978-0-88977-223-6
Series: Canadian Plains Proceedings 37
Year: 2010
Pages: 288
Binding: Paperback

The anger, grief, courage, compassion, and hope we hear in these voices inspire and compel us -- to remember those who are missing and to work for healing and justice.

  • Since 1980, more than 520 Aboriginal women have been reported missing or murdered in Canada.
  • From 1993-2003, 370 women were murdered in Ciudad Juarez and Chihuahua, Mexico.
  • Since 2001, more than 2,000 Guatemalan women and girls have been brutally murdered.

 Responding to the profound tragedy inherent in these statistics, more than 300 women and men gathered in August 2008 at a conference entitled Missing Women: Decolonization, Third Wave Feminisms, and Indigenous People of Canada and Mexico. Here, personal stories and theoretical tools were brought together, as academics, activists, family members of missing and murdered women, police, media, policy-makers, justice workers, and members of faith communities offered their perspectives on the issue of racialized, sexualized violence.

Torn from Our Midst includes images and voices from the conference, together with additional reflections, both academic and personal, on the effects of violence and the possibilities for healing. The purpose of this volume is to raise awareness about missing and murdered women and to challenge communities to be courageous enough to look at the heart of this issue, to recognize the systems that allow such atrocities, and to seek justice and healing for all.

This publication was made possible through a grant from the University of Regina's President's Fund.

Mary Rucklos Hampton

Mary Rucklos Hampton is a Professor of Psychology at Luther, University of Regina. She is also a faculty researcher with SPHERU (Saskatchewan Population Health and Evaluation Research Unit) and the Saskatchewan Academic Coordinator for RESOLVE (Research and Education for Solutions to Violence and Abuse). Her research interests include feminisms and health, cross-cultural psychology, end of life care with Aboriginal families, and intimate partner violence.

Wendee Kubik

Wendee Kubik is an Associate Professor in Women's and Gender Studies at Brock University, as well as an adjunct professor in Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Regina.

A. Brenda Anderson

A. Brenda Anderson teaches in Women's and Gender Studies at Luther College, University of Regina. Her interests are in the area of justice work, identity politics, and the ways in which women tell their stories. Brenda co-chaired the Missing Women conference, and recently developed a course on "Missing Indigenous Women: A Global Perspective."
A Call to Action
Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader Post

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