Thursday, April 28, 2011

Have You Seen Jaqueline Yellowback ?

Case Type: Endangered Missing
Missing Date: Tuesday 05th April 2011
Missing From:  Winnipeg  Manitoba
Missing Country: Canada
Sex: Female
DOB: Currently unknown 

Specific Details:
Hair:  medium-length, Eye Color: brown eyes
Height: 5-feet tall Weight: 108 pounds
Race: aboriginal language: n/a

Special Facts: She was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, a pink sweatshirt, black jeans, black Nike shoes and a black bomber-style jacket.

Known Circumstances: Girl, 15, missing and at risk
Winnipeg police want your help to find a missing, at-risk girl.
Police say Jaqueline Yellowback, 15, was last seen on April 5, 2011 at 12:30 p.m

Police say she is a child in need of protection and is at high risk of being exploited or victimized.
Anyone with information about her location is asked to call Winnipeg police at 986-6250.

If you have any information on Jaqueline Yellowback please contact the official numbers immediately. Alternatively, you can e-mail Help Find My Child Charity in strictest confidence - we will make sure your information is passed on to the relevant places.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Vigil for Murdered and Missing Aboriginal Women

October 4, 2010 

This was an incredibly moving event I attended.

Sisters in Spirit Vigils are held on October 4th by communities across Canada. The vigils themselves are a movement for social change. Every year the number of vigils held increase. I hope this continues to be so. I hope support, awareness and watchfulness begins to grow and that Aboriginal women and girls are seen as equal and important members of society.

Winnipeg Legislature

During the vigil everyone was given small L.E.D. tea lights. I brought along the Men's Banner but felt that in such an intimate setting I didn't want to have it held up blocking anyone's view. I laid it out on the ground a few feet a way from the crowd. When it became dark I put my little light on the banner to stop people from stepping on it.   Soon people began to place their own lights on the banner and the bright hand prints were illuminated in the darkness. I thought it was very nice.  A little boy approached the banner, he placed his own light down and bowed his head respectfully. A minute later he looked up and walked on top of the banner to join his friends.

Darlene Marie Weselowski 1994 - Murdered and Bernice Lorraine Redhead 1968 - Missing

 Darlene Marie Weselowski found me once more.


Shine a Light

September 30, 2009

Take Back the Night is an annual march which takes place all over the world. It is a collective display of solidarity to reclaim the streets as safe for all, and calls for an end to violence against women.

This year the message was to "shine a light" on violence against women which takes place in the street, but also that which happens under the cover of darkness and behind closed doors. 

Mother's Day March

Sunday May 9, 2010

Every year I attend this event with my mom. I'm grateful and happy to have the mom that I have. I can't imagine the pain of loosing a mom, a sister, daughter, aunt, grandmother, cousin or friend in a violent way.

Placards of the missing and murdered.

I carried her
Darlene Marie Weselowski was murdered in 1994. That is the only thing I know about her and it makes me very sad. 

A Hurricane hits the Men's Banner

Friday January 29, 2010

Celebration Week at the University of Manitoba brought in Rubin "Hurricane" Carter a former boxer, writer, human rights activist, Doctor of laws, CEO & Founder of Innocence International.
It was awesome to see him in person. He was a powerful positive force on stage.

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter with the Men's Banner

As the University of Manitoba Student Union Aboriginal Students Representative I had the opportunity to thank him and gift him with tobacco and a dream catcher. 

We spoke after his talk and he took the time to place his hand on the banner. That was incredible!

I feel blessed to have had that experience. 

Monday, April 25, 2011

International Human Rights Day

Ali Saeed and myself
On December 9, 2009 Ali Saeed was presented with the Human Rights Commitment Award of Manitoba and I was presented the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award by the Manitoba Human Rights Commission, the Canadian Human Rights Commission and the Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties.

I was humbled to meet Ali Saeed, a former Amnesty International Prisoner of Conscience who immigrated to Manitoba after being released from imprisonment in Somalia in 1984. He has sponsored over 100 refugees through the Ethiopian Society of Winnipeg, finding employment for refugees and producing and financing the award winning feature length documentary on human rights “Memories of a Generation”.  His kindness and love for people was awe-inspiring.

I was surprised and honoured to be receive the Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award. I'm rather a shy person so the direct attention on me was overwhelming. But, I'm glad this opportunity introduced me to some wonderful people and increased the awareness of  violence against women and the Men's Banner Project.     

This prayer was said by Diane Dwarka the president of Manitoba Association for Multicultural Education:

As we gather here today, on December 9, the eve of Human Rights Day, we give thanks for our country’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms which we enjoy, and, we remember those who live in parts of the world where rights are violated daily.

I acknowledge that not all of us gathered here share the same faiths and beliefs. But regardless of our beliefs, we do find a way to say thanks for things we receive.

Please join me, as you are able to give thanks.

Creator of all, we give thanks for this opportunity to gather together as community to mark International Human Rights Day.

We give thanks for those who champion the rights of those less fortunate than us, and we give thanks for the recipients of today’s awards Ali Saeed and Anna-Celestrya Carr

We say thanks too,

For food in a world where many walk in hunger,

For friends where many walk alone,

For freedom where many walk in fear.

Bless those who have made this meal possible, from the farmers to the grocers, to the cooks and the servers, and for those who organized this event.

May our bodies be nourished, and may today’s recipients inspire us to continue to work, pray and hope for peace, justice and human rights in our country & the world. So may it be.

Manitoba Association for Rights and Liberties