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“When They Were Here” will be shown at Great Falls College-MSU

Posted at 10:45 AM, Apr 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-30 12:45:39-04

In honor of the National Day of Awareness for Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls, the Native American Student Group and the Native American Enrichment Center at Great Falls College MSU will host a screening of “When They Were Here,” a film by Blackfeet/Shoshone film makers Ivy and Ivan MacDonald.

The film will be shown Thursday, May 3rd, at 3 p.m. in room B101 at Great Falls College-MSU, which is located at 2100 13th Avenue South.

The event is free and open to the public. It will highlight the lived experience of Native American women in Montana and invite sharing from participants.

The Native American Student group will be giving out red ribbons to wear during the GFC graduation ceremony on May 5. Red Ribbons signify the plight of indigenous women with hopes of raising awareness of this issue.

The documentary focuses on the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women, which plagues nearly all native communities.

According to a press release from the college, the rates of violence that Native American women face are disproportionally higher than women of other ethnic groups. Almost 85 percent of Native American women will face some form of violence in their lives, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Justice.  Fifty-six percent will face sexual violence, and 55.5% will face physical violence.

“When They Were Here” aims to educate non-natives about this pandemic.

“So much of what has already been done does not include indigenous points of view,” the film makers said. “This film will allow for these women to have voices and will include the voices of loved ones. We hope the film will allow the women to be remembered.

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