Canoe ceremony honours Indigenous women

Article by the Salish Sea Sentinel. June 2019.

Tla’amin member Ta’Kaiya Blaney was lifted inside of a canoe and walked along Vancouver’s waterfront during a women’s honouring ceremony that coincided with the end of Canada’s MMIWG inquiry. 

A group of men carried Blaney, who sang a song that she composed in honour of her late mother Anne Blaney and late sister Marca Dawn Smith as a procession of people surrounded her. 

“This song was composed for my mother and for my big sister, who passed recently,” Blaney said. 

“When I bring it forward, I sing it in dedication for missing and murdered women, I sing it for my aunt Rose, and I sing it for all of our community members. We deserve life.” 

The event on June 3 coincided with the release of the final report around Canada’s inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. 

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