(Sept-Iles) The disturbing revelations of Aboriginal women in Val-d’Or woke the monster that lay dormant in the depths of some Innu of the North Shore. Three of them wanted to tell their story to the Sun and thus to speak their mind, silent for too long.
Gathered in a lounge of the Uashat community, they light sage they do burn some before dispersing the smoke around them, an indigenous ritual that they were keen to make before returning to their past hard . They chose to remain anonymous.
Ms. Jordan * is the first to speak. “I felt like vomiting, heart lifted me.” The story of Inquiry has stirred in her a souvenir old 30 years ago. She alleged that she and her sister had been abused by a police officer in Schefferville, just outside a bar. “We had been drinking, he took us to the station.”
“I was in a cell and my sister in the other, he was with her. She was screaming, crying […] I had experienced abuse in my youth and I knew what my sister was going through, I did not want that. “After a long silence, she resumed. “At one point, he came to open the door, he taponné breasts, I was like frozen.”
“I was very scared, she says, sobs in his voice. He said, “You go.” He did the same with my sister, even the output was very humiliating, I do not think we touched down. “Soon after, Ms. Jordan leaves Schefferville, leaving behind his past. “This is the first time that I speak today.”
“My life was hell after. I was using, I was using […] I made a suicide attempt, I was in a coma for three days. When I woke up, I heard my daughter tell me she needed me. It was the first time I felt I was in some important way for someone. ”
It was at this time that Ms. Jordan has weathered the storm that inhabited. “I worked on me to be able to live and not just survive.” She now speaks for her granddaughter. “I can not believe I hear stories like that in 2015.”
Since the show aired Survey, Genevieve * was plunged back into a deep questioning. In his case, the authorities are waiting for the green light to initiate proceedings against the alleged perpetrator, his teacher at the time.
“All efforts are made, the complaint is filed, the police called me back and it’s been three months that I am not able to make a decision, she says. I’m afraid we recognize me, they tell me that I have not enough evidence, I’m afraid of losing, that’s all that my concern. ”
There are twenty years his teacher, native, would have brought into the woods to ask him “to do something”. Even today, she hardly put words to the abuse she had suffered. “When I speak, I said to myself I was 15, he had no right, he was in authority.”
“[The abuse] it’s so commonplace that is becoming commonplace as a person, we will live with that, denying […] It is shame that we live,” she continues.
Broken bond of trust
* Shayanna for its part welcomed the courage of the women of Val-d’Or who spoke in public. “It took this to be a kind of liberation,” she says. The Innu said they faced a very young age to racist acts in bars, several years ago. Much anger has grown in it at the time.
According to her, the authorities do not put on the same indigenous footing. She recounts an episode where she was allegedly raped by a man of the community. “The doctor encouraged me to complain.” What she did, but after a few months, she was induced to abandon its efforts for lack of evidence, which she attributes to the fact that it is Aboriginal.
“We need to get up, it has to stop. My hope is that is good about ourselves, “says one who claims to have taken her life, there are eight.
How to help the victims?
“I can say that this has stirred a lot of things,” raises the coordinator Tipinuaikan center of Uashat mak Mani-Utenam, home to indigenous women victims of domestic and family violence.
“Now what are we going to do to help all these people?” Asks Marie-Claude Riverin. “I would say that 80% of women I coasted since the broadcast of the program have experienced some kind of abuse, violence. But fear is so ingrained that they do not want to report, “she says.
She said governments must respond quickly to allegations made by the natives of Val-d’Or. “We’ll have to bring a strategic plan to provide assistance, especially in isolated areas. We must develop services to indigenous image, listen to them. ”
Tipinuaikan The center serves women from eight North Shore communities, as far Pakua Shipu, 500 kilometers east of Sept-Iles. “It is time to expose and use the women of Val-d’Or, this trigger should be used.”