Coast Salish Women's Research

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Raised by 45 people in 29 months
Longhouse Women have dipped into a void of misconception from foreign writings, for education and teachings, caused by racism, and sexism. Because of foreign contact  and historical legal writings, the treatment of Coast Salish Women were progressively oppressed into a life of poverty under the Indian Act. When in fact, they sit at the head of their families, with a Clan Mother ruling the nations, with powers given to them under cultural laws of the longhouse.

The women are important to Coast Salish territory, because longhouse culture has been filtered with misconception by historians, academics, governments, and researchers!Women of Coast Salish Territory have a Clan Mother, and carry the names of which is distributed to the children of the family. The sir names do not come from the men, they come from the women. The lands are named after the women, or visa-versa. Women also, carry the law of the lands.

The stories and history of Coast Salish Women really require serious research for written technology, intelligence, wisdom, and culture from present to historical information through the voice of Indigenous Women. 

I began researching and documenting Indigenous Women's stories and history, their lives, culture, and work they did, and status they had within their family, community and nation about three years ago. The aspect of their spiritual devotion requires serious translation too! I did not gain funding from the government and women's grantors denied me.

I started out with my own savings, and now its dimished. 

The social history and identity of Coast Salish Women have become completely wiped out, from foreign and patriarchal contact. We can review the gaps as the research defines itself. 

Longhouse women live in two cultures and two social environments daily, with great struggles with serious  misconceptions in academic materials and historical books with legalities and binding laws that over-look their place in their cultural environment. We will review historical documents and provide culturally apporpriate research for translation without contamination. 

Coast Salish Women are not trying to find equality from North America, they are seeking restoration for their position and cultural recognition - which can only be done through researching their stories, without discrimination or bias. We have so many gaps, which requires serious work to find soltutions. 

This type of research is not an easy effort, because it requires a research questaionaire, oral history and cultural protocols, complex translation, assessment, analyzing material, focus on family laws, policies and legislative laws under the Indian Act and current problematic factors existing within the nation.

Native women have no voice in policy and legislation! 
The words of women of Coast Salish Territory need acknowledgement. In order to do that, we must finish researching who they are, within their society. 

Which of course, is very expensive. I reach out for your help to finish this massive endeavor. 

Please help us gain the funds to complete the research project.  Your support and donations are badly needed! I appreciate your time and consideration. 

We seek acknowledgement for Cultural Identity and a Voice for Policy and Legislative Acts in Canada that prevent Native Women from a successful life. 

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Its important to be inclusive and updated on the investigative process. Its important for Native Nations to become included in the Task Force! Native people seek reform and justice for Missing and Murdered Native Women of Canada!
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We would like to build a green house, and grow Indigenous Herbs to help with the Indigenous Women's Campaign. We found 3 acres for a Green House, and I started growing tobacco. We really need something to establish funding; growing Indigenous Herbs is one of our "dreams" to be able to produce something, specifically geared toward Indigenous Women and their knowledge of herbs, and make money for native women and try to help where we can! Aho...
Indigenous Healing Herbs
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March 19th, 2018
"Don't take our children" campaign – fight for self-determination of family laws and policy of Aboriginal Children,
We are campaigning for gifts-of-kindness and donations for a public event for native women or men to come forward and discuss issues faced by First Nations families on child and family services and foster care! Please help us by donating funds or gifts-of-kindness for the event. We also seek a sewing machine for making culturally appropriate quilts for Aboriginal women who speak at the events! The last round would include representatives from Federal and Provincial Agencies, including Aboriginal leaders, and special guest speakers to listen and speak at the end. We will be seeking a place appropriate to hold up to 100 guests and speakers at one time, for the event off-reserve. There is an over-representation of Aboriginal children in foster care, and we want to hear what Aboriginal mothers, grandmothers, foster parents, and participants who grew up in foster care British Columbia!
Gifts of kindness for:
• Four public rounds open to Aboriginal men/women and grandmothers to speak about policy and services, foster care and issues they confront. A justice questionnaire for 1000 participants to answer to find priorities, for policy changes.
• We seek Reconciliation at every level of Child & Family Services and their approach to Aboriginal/First Nations/Metis and Inuit children, treatment, and services; we move toward solutions and seek out the gaps causing great concern over generations.
• Economic and social issues faced today by First Nations, Metis and Inuit families
• To identify cause and concerns, and disproportion of Aboriginal Children VS Non-Aboriginal Children in Foster Care!
Specifically, the ministry says it is spending $14.4 million to ensure that delegated Aboriginal agencies’ funding is at the same level as non-Aboriginal agencies, $24.2 million to support families to stay together and another $6.4 million to build support for families. Specifically, the ministry says it is spending $14.4 million to ensure that delegated Aboriginal agencies’ funding is at the same level as non-Aboriginal agencies, $24.2 million to support families to stay together and another $6.4 million to build support for families. Specifically, the ministry says it is spending $14.4 million to ensure that delegated Aboriginal agencies’ funding is at the same level as non-Aboriginal agencies, $24.2 million to support families to stay together and another $6.4 million to build support for families. (News: Huffington Post 2017)
It would be far cheaper to build up the social-economic crisis of Aboriginal Communities, and support families to stay together but it's just not the case and we seek answers from representatives. We would like to analyze the costs for foster care and keeping families together. Analyze culture VS Family Laws of British Columbia. Your support matters right now, for this event to be successful. We need a sponsor or one-time donors to help us with costs, to build a justice template required for 1,000 participants.
Your support matters to make this event possible, thank you for your time and consideration,
Facilitator, Director of Federation of Indigenous Women Canada
Culture Matters
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Raised by 45 people in 29 months
Created November 8, 2016
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Melanie St.James
5 days ago

Indigenous knowledge is our best hope.

Valerio Leone
7 months ago

Per aiutare i nativi Canadesi

Kat Haber
9 months ago

Your efforts matter. Stand for your people, for your lands, for your waters. I stand with you.

Barbara Moore
9 months ago

Just reading The Marrow Thieves and your cause is a wake up call to not let the future worsen. Enough heartbreak.

Lee Maracle
10 months ago

support native Women!

Colleen Abdoulah
13 months ago

I honor and respect what you are doing. I hope this helps.

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