The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) epidemic has been linked to extractive industries, natural resource acquisition and an inequitable economy. With MN350’s vision to transition to a fossil fuel free future, make consumption sustainable and create a life-affirming economy, the MMIR team is another step towards the safe and healthy future that our children and grandchildren deserve.
Our MMIR team is fighting to make clear the correlations between Missing and Murdered Indigenous people, environmental justice, pollution, and climate change. We do so through pipeline resistance, legal advocacy, victim advocacy, and building awareness among the general public on the connections of violence against indigenous people to the violence against the land and water.
MMIR is a symptom of extractive industries that harm indigenous people and their land. When a company funds a pipeline or a mine, they are funding the genocide of Indigenous people and they are funding the desecration of crucial resources, land, water, and food that affect many who are already impoverished. During the construction of Line 3, there were two undercover trafficking stings that caught pipeline workers attempting to solicit minors. Our children are our future, our future leaders and caretakers of the land and water. We must protect our children from harm to protect further harm to the environment. We are the land, water is life.
Getting the community involved in court support and general support for survivors and victims is imperative. In research done by MMIR organizer Jessica Gidagaakoons Smith, it was found that only 6% of victims feel safe in the justice system. Jessica leads our MMIR team and provides legal advocacy and cultural support to many families and survivors. See Gidagaakoons Research to learn more.