Poet Gregory Scofield spoke with Selagh Rogers on CBC Radio about his latest book of poetry, Witness, I Am, and his poem "Muskrat Woman" found in Witness.
Scofield on why he wrote Witness, I Am and why he shares missing and murdered indigenous women on Twitter every day:
A lot of the work that I've been doing around missing and murdered Indigenous women really stems from a personal experience with losing my auntie in 1998 to very mysterious circumstances. Her death was a homicide, and it was a homicide that was really never brought to justice. I decided, back then, that I was going to use my voice, my public profile, to do advocacy work around missing and murdered Indigenous women.
I started the name-a-day tweets about three years ago now — for me, the tweets are not only serving as a public announcement to hopefully find our missing women, but really to create public awareness. It really is that visual of their faces — when I have an opportunity to speak in public, it's become important for me to allow people to see the face of this experience. This isn't just an experience they're seeing on the news, this is an actual physical connection that they're making.