In honor of Native American Heritage Month in November and Native American Heritage Day (11/28), we invite you to join our Virtual Medicine Run/Walk for Safety and Sovereignty for Our Sisters. Together, we will unite across Turtle Island as medicine for our sisters and 2SLGBTQ relatives who are disproportionately affected by violence. Run for safety. Run for sovereignty. Run as medicine for Indigenous people.
Native women, girls and our Two-Spirit relatives are being taken from us at an alarming rate, where in some tribal communities, Native women are murdered at more than 10 times the national average. We are more than these statistics. As Native people, we know this violence is linked to the colonization of Native nations, lands, and peoples. Together, let’s unite in the call for safety and sovereignty for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQ relatives across Turtle Island.
To join in this free event, we ask that you:
- Wear red to raise awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls and 2SLGBTQ relatives.
- Run or walk for whatever distance you choose following CDC guidelines (listed below) between 11/26-11/29.
- Share a Facebook/Instagram story or photo of yourself on social media after completing your run/walk using the hashtag #SafetyforMySisters and #SovereigntyIsSacred.
Participants will have four days (11/26-11/29) to complete their 1k, 5k or whatever distance they choose over the holiday weekend. In an effort to safeguard the health of our relatives throughout Indian Country, this event will be virtual, allowing our relatives to safely social distance.
Our primary concern remains the health and wellbeing of our community members and those we serve, particularly our elders and those with underlying health conditions. Participants are strongly encouraged to follow these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Stay home if you have been diagnosed with COVID-19 (symptoms of COVID-19), if you are waiting for COVID-19 test results or may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
- Maintain a distance of at least 6 feet or more from people who don’t live in your household. Be particularly mindful in areas where it may harder to keep this distance (ex. parks, walking/running tracks, parking lots).
- Wear masks when less than 6 feet apart from people or indoors.
Native American Heritage Month is an important time for recognizing the rights and sovereignty of Indigenous people and Native Nations. We thank you for being part of these efforts and joining in the call for safety and sovereignty for our sisters.