To the Editor,
Men: We women want to thank you for showing your support for the future when you choose to ‘fast’ on Feb. 11. Sincerely, the women.
What’s it all about anyhow? Why would men want to voluntarily go without food for entire day?
It all began when a young girl and her father were talking as they worked together early one morning. They spoke of the tragedy of those women and girls who left home, never to be seen again. They spoke of those who loved and were loved, both on the Highway of Tears and elsewhere.
People go missing — an astounding number of people, little children, full grown people — it’s mentioned on the news, people grieve, another day dawns.
Education and awareness, they say, might help to straighten the curve.
Each year, with the help of their women, the men of the community of Clearwater show their support of this movement to wake up and face this tragic issue by gathering together to talk about how they can raise awareness. Most years, we gather and feast. 2021 will be different.
How? How can this be done?
Ongoing conversations with each other and your children is the best solution. Talk about “being aware.” Watch the television shows with your children and discuss the actions that lead up to the tragedy and how the story line teaches a lesson. Explain why they need to take off the headphones when you are walking (facing the traffic) so that you could hear if the vehicle approaching is slowing down.
Make sure you always have enough money available so that you can take a taxi or the bus. Think ahead by making sure you have a ride organized before you commit to an engagement.
Boys? Yes, boys disappear as easily as women and girls. If we stop for a moment, we realize that our neighborhoods are no different than any other. Good vs Evil. Personal responsibility. Talk, listen, talk some more.
Awareness is key, educating yourself on this issue is available by joining the official page of the Clearwater Moose Hide Campaign on face book.
Cheryl Thomas, Grandmother