February 12, 2015 (TORONTO) – The statistics on Aboriginal women in Canada are staggering: three times more likely to be victims of violence, four times more likely to be murdered.
The National Post’s special project Silent No More delivers a powerful and deeply personal perspective on what it’s like to grow up with such terrible odds – and the impact of violence on the daily lives of young Aboriginal women.
“Everyone in Canada has become more aware of the troubling statistics about Aboriginal women in Canada,” said Anne Marie Owens, Editor, National Post. “The chilling facts have sparked national outrage, and calls for a formal inquiry. We wanted to take the conversation to the frontlines—going directly to the next generation of Aboriginal women to bring their voices to this important conversation.”
The National Post partnered with Centennial College in Toronto for a unique photojournalism project with Maples Collegiate, a Winnipeg high school. We put together a four-day photojournalism workshop involving 12 Aboriginal girls, aged 15 to 19 and from varied backgrounds, and offered them a platform to share their points of view and show their reality—in photos and words.
“We were honoured to partner with National Post on this important mission,” said Tim Doyle, professor and co-ordinator of graduate journalism programs at Centennial College. “Everyone involved is proud to have been a part in sharing these powerful stories which we hope will eventually change the narrative for Aboriginal girls in the future.”
This exclusive project is available now on nationalpost.com with a special section in the Saturday edition of National Post on Saturday, February 14, 2015. Pieces of the project will also run across Postmedia’s network of newspapers and websites, ensuring that this is a truly national conversation.
This special project includes:
- An introduction to the project and the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women by reporter Sarah Boesveld.
- A profile of each of the 12 girls which includes:
- A column discussing Canada’s missing and murdered Aboriginal women by Jonathon Kay.
- A video of the girls discussing the hashtag #aminext – one response to the death of Tina Fontaine.
- Personal perspective pieces by the journalists and teachers on what this project meant to them.
- photos they took capturing their point of view
- profiles of each girl by Sarah Boesveld
- profile photos by Tyler Anderson
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