She wasn’t missing, but thousands of Winnipeggers helped me looked for her anyway.
Brianna Jonnie wrote a letter to Winnipeg Police Chief Devon Clunis with instructions on what to do if she were to go missing.
“If I go missing and the WPS has not changed the behaviours I have brought to your attention, I beg of you, do not treat me as the indigenous person I am proud to be.” The 14-year-old went on to write, “My mom needs me, and I want to have my future. And if I do go missing and my body is found, please tell my mom you are sorry. Tell her I asked to be buried in my red dress, for I will have become just another native statistic.
“The colour of one’s skin, their socio-economic status, or whom their legal guardian is, should not determine the level of assistance and resources put in place to find them if they are missing and yet, it does.”
So, when I read this, I immediately wanted Brianna on the show. But her Facebook settings are restricted to the point where you can’t even message her. You’ve always been excellent at helping me, so I reached out to the community. Within minutes people I didn’t even know were sharing the post trying to find her.
While you did connect me with Brianna, you also started another conversation … Would this many people have been looking for her if she were missing? Or would this many people have been looking for her if she wasn’t an intelligent, well-spoken indigenous teen? Taking your calls and texts after 1pm: 204.780.6868.