A Timmins local and fondly appreciated associate to Keepers of the Circle, Crystal Semaganis, is a Plains Cree woman who was invited by the Timmins Native Friendship Centre to share her family’s story Thursday about her missing sister, Cleo. Semaganis is pictured at a red candle vigil held in honour of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. Crystal is a 60’s Scoop survivor, and details her experiences becoming spiritually enlightened while unearthing her Indigenous identity during her youth.
Semaganis also advocates for MMIW (Murdered and Missing Indigenous women) and the pervasive light in media and news outlets which amplify White missing people in positive light, while illuminating negative aspects and ultimately, trauma-responses of missing Indigenous people. Semaganis said there doesn’t seem to be any resources when an Indigenous woman goes missing. She said that this double-standard must come to an end.
Read the full press release and newspaper section from the Daily Press Timmins Newspaper here.