FSIN issues statement in support of Dawn Walker

The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations has released a statement on the Dawn Walker case.
Walker is from the Okanese First Nation and was an executive officer with FSIN. She was reported missing July 22, along with her son Vincent Jansen, but the two reported safe and well in Oregon City, Oregon Friday.
Walker’s mother, Theresa Walker, said they are elated to hear that Dawn and Vincent are safe and that their prayers are answered. She thanked the search groups, including police, First Nations councils and family and friends.
“Our work does not stop here. We recognize our challenges will continue on into the coming days and weeks, and we will continue to support her through this future challenge,” said Theresa Walker.

Chief Richard Stonechild of Okanese First Nation said: “The leadership of Okanese First Nation has become aware of significant child welfare concerns regarding our young band member Vincent Jansen. We are responsible for all of our citizens, regardless of their residency, and care and custody status.”

And FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron added It is heart-breaking that Dawn may have felt she had no other choice but to take the drastic action that she did.

“Let us not forget that Dawn is a champion of First Nations women’s rights and causes. She spear-headed many MMIWG campaigns and gatherings. If there’s anything we have learned over the past two weeks is the urgency of these MMIWG issues and our role in protecting our most vulnerable members in need.”

FSIN Vice Chief Heather Bear: “It is a shame that our women feel helpless within the current justice system. Despite being a successful writer and having a law degree, what is clear is that Dawn was no exception to this. Every day, our women feel they are alone and do not know what to do in their desperate situations. We are the protectors of our children and it’s our duty to ensure their safety.”

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