Saint Mary’s Welcomes Leya Hale

Posted On: 2022-04-21

On Thursday, March 31st, members of the Saint Mary’s community gathered together alongside community members, both in Minneapolis and in Rochester, to screen the latest film from Emmy award-winning director/producer, Leya Hale. Bring Her Home follows three Indigenous women — an artist, an activist and a politician — as they work to vindicate and honor their relatives who are victims in the growing epidemic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. The film was introduced by Leon Dixon, Vice President of Human Dignity and Inclusion, and also featured a panel discussion that included Leya Hale, activist Mysti Babineau, and artist Angela Two Stars. All three women spoke about their experiences in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement and answered questions from the audience regarding the part that communities like ours can play is supporting the human dignity of all people.

“Be there for us. Show up for us. Give us opportunities like this to share our stories, our work, our heritage with you,” Babineau explained.

These opportunities are how meaningful dialogue starts. Once you see the bravery of these women and come to know their stories, you become linked to them; you are called to bear witness and take action. These are the connections that we are looking to grow and multiply so that human dignity and inclusion are not just words that describe the climate of our campus communities, but also describe our relationship to the larger communities that surround us. This is why events like this are so important,” Carrie Wandler, Director of CELT, offered.

We invite you to learn more about the film and MMIW movement here: