HANSARD - Jenny advocates for Butterflies in Spirit and investing in indigenous culture
House of Commons Debate
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
May 4th, 2022 / 9:55 p.m.
Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC
"Madam Chair, this year marks the 10th anniversary of a group called “Butterflies in Spirit”. The group was founded by Lorelei Williams, an indigenous woman who lost her aunt and her cousin in this ongoing genocide of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls. She used culture and dance as a means to reclaim their culture, but also to give voice to family members. Her entire group is made up of indigenous women who have lost loved ones.
To that end, in terms of actions that the government can take, does the member think the government should be investing in indigenous culture, so that indigenous people can reclaim their culture, thrive with it, and counter the colonial practice of genocide where successive previous governments tried to eliminate indigenous peoples?"