I read about this in the Now Magazine, that Darlene Necun had been forced to leave a shelter that she built for herself on ancestral reserve land way up in Thunder Bay, and that she was facing stiff fines and had nowhere to live.
I gathered that there could be corruption in the reserve leaders and back-door deals between them and mining companies, and the MNR was called in to lay the charges, but don't quote me on that. I'm looking for the newspaper article myself right now. If you need more information about this I would start with Google or the Native Centre in Toronto where this fund raiser/ benefit was held.
I was honoured to shoot for the native community and our community at large and take in some great music.
Above all, I was shaken to the core when I heard about how hard Darlene Necun's life had been in the residential schools, you could just hear the abuse and suffering in her voice and whole bearing. I could hardly bear listening to her say, matter-of-factly that her son killed herself, because I know that she was suffering deeply but minimizing the importance of it in front of others. This is not a woman who complains about things unless she has been backed against a wall.
Native women have been disappearing up north and the police do little about it. I for one, do not think that big money interests are more important that giving this woman some peace and dignity and a shelter to live in. This is an outrage. Please support her cause. I will be adding info about where donations can be made. I believe there is still time to send clothing to the reserve. You can try this email. firstname.lastname@example.org