In response to CHAPTER 9: Wellness and Healing in Reclaiming Power and Place, the final report from the federal commission on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

Audio Directed by Jessica Carmichael

Starring Cole Alvis, Samantha Brown, Monique Mojica and Michaela Washburn

Sound Design and Composition by Olivia Shortt and Cosette Pin

Multimedia Interpretations by Kaylyn and Kassiday Bernard of Patuo’kn

“Believe in Me” is composed by Aqua Nibii Waawaaskone, Aaron Lightstone, Justin Gray, David R. Maracle and Alyssa Delbaere-Sawchuck. The Room 217 Foundation is the owner of the Master recording.

Dark Matters was an opportunity to really put my voice, experience and being into the work we all are doing in this. This was my way of claiming a space that has historically excluded so many of my sisters. Let us scream together, refusing to hold in these vast and insurmountable grievances while also reminding folks that we can and should care.” jaye simpson

PACE Society, which is referenced in this piece, is a peer-driven organization located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver that provides support, advocacy, and education by, with, and for current and former sex workers of all genders.To learn more or offer support please click here.

Content warning: this piece includes references to violence and sexual assault