Canada day is a hard day for me as an Indigenous Canadian. Canada is portrayed as a welcoming and innocent country but really Canada covers up the years of genocide and oppresion that Aboriginals and other people of colour face. It is a celebration of when Canada was formed, yet it isn’t discussed how it is land that was stolen from Natives. The purpose of my photographs are to bring awareness to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) as a way to acknowledge, honour and get justice for the women, girls and their families.
Meral Jamal (she/her) was born and raised in a family of 20 in Dubai, UAE. She is a journalism and history student at Carleton University in Ottawa, ON, and the newsletter editor and editorial assistant with LiisBeth. You can find her sharing her favourite books and movies on Twitter and Instagram.