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Time’s up’: Powerful words from MMIWG commissioner close out Iqaluit hearing – CBC

by ahnationtalk on September 14, 201893 Views

Qajaq Robinson, who is from Nunavut, challenged those in power to make space for Indigenous voices

Sep 13, 2018

A passionate speech from one of the commissioners of the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, challenging non-Indigenous people to make space for Indigenous voices, closed a four-day hearing in Iqaluit on Thursday afternoon.

Surrounded by elders and fellow commissioners, Qajaq Robinson — who is from Nunavut — gave her remarks during the closing ceremony of the hearing, which was centred on the topic of colonial violence.

“What I have learnt this week, that I think that is of most significance, is for those state actors, governments, whoever they were that came, came with the belief that they had the authority,” Robinson said. “That they had the right to take it. A belief that was rooted in supremacy.

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