It Could Have Been Me: Stories of Aboriginal Women Who Survived
In Spring 2015 Nancy MacDonald of Maclean's Magazine traveled across Canada to record the stories of Aboriginal women who have experience sexual violence and abuse. Her idea was to capture the stories of women who could have been included in Canada's list of missing and murdered women but were able to survive and tell their stories.
I had the privileged of recording the stories of three of these women. Each woman's story is a testament to the shared culpability of all Canadians. As one women said, she grew up knowing that she and other Aboriginal women were seen as "disposable women."
You can explore the whole series on Maclean's Magazine's website.
Mona: It Could Have Been Me
Mona was taken from her parents as a child, abused in foster care and lived on the streets. She experience incredible violence and survived. She now works to, "fight the war on Aboriginal women."
Paula: It Could Have Been Me
Paula was sexually abused as a child and became addicted to drugs and alcohol in an attempt to escape. She lived on the streets and was violently assaulted and raped. She is continuing to recover and she draws strength from reconnecting with her Aboriginal spirituality.
Winona: It Could Have Been Me
Winona was placed in foster care as a child and didn't have a chance to meet he mother, Mona, until later in her life. She's still working on reconnecting with her mother and her siblings and she is continuing to learn about the lasting legacy of residential schools, the 60s scoop and other damaging policies of the Canadian government on her family.