We would like to invite you to join us in honouring the memory of the hundreds of womyn murdered and missing in Turtle Island, Juarez and Ecatepec Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras, as well as other countries around the world whereby femicide is an ongoing crimeand has become the shame of humanity.
Every year, Mayan Healers and Priestesses celebrate their sacred rituals, all intimately related with the ancient Tozlkin Maya Calendar – Maya Cholq’ij
B’elejeb B’atz is a calendar ritual where the Mayan womyn is honoured with much love, respect and admiration as the life holder.
Maya female healers or Ix’Men will begin the great task of reactivating our connection with Mother Earth and the gentle female light in our collective consciousness to lead us into a new spiritual understanding of Life.
In the last two decades, Mayan womyn have initiated a movement of political and cultural restoration whose concerns reflect the region’s great variations in environment; the depth of its history and ideologies and the economic and political repression of indigenous peoples in general.
On the occasion of Mayan Womyn’s Day, an initiative to reach out to the global community, and specifically to the womyn in the native community, was acted on.
We are asking for guidance. How can we create a respectful, safe and inclusive space for your participation?
It is the intention to engage the community at large to denounce femicide around the world, including the femicide taken place in the territory we occupy, known as Turtle Island.
It is the intention to make the connection of the violence being perpetrated against womyn globally.
As you can see in this fact sheet; we share similar issues regarding missing and murdered womyn.
We stand in solidarity and call for NO MORE STOLEN SISTERS!
We believe it is appalling and unacceptable that the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) released its final report in 1996; and that, after twenty years, there has been no change implemented, as outlined in the 20-year agenda, to better the lives of native people in the territory so called Canada.
Some suggested ideas:
print (large format) the faces of missing and murdered womyn around the world. Have their stories so that people who are passing by can learn and become aware
hang a red dress
have information pamphlets that talk about femicide, give out global statistics and highlight the happenings in our own backyard
invite your songs, oral stories and drumming to the circle
The ceremony will take place at Dufferin Grove from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday August 13, 2016
This Mayan Sacred Fire is done every 260 days. Its purpose is to maintain community unity, the integrity of the Mayan families, and to remind us of the fundamental principles which are respect and honour the womyn, mothers and sisters in the (Mayan) community.
Please consider participating.
Let us know how we can create a welcoming, respectful and inclusive space for your participation
On behalf of Waxaq’ib Q’ojoom and Jun Q’anil
For more information please contact:
Maria Ramirez 647-870-3106
Miguel Lima 647-658-4400