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Canadian News Probe Gives Families of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women a Voice



"About 70 percent of family members expressed the desire for a national inquiry into the issue, a call that has so far been rejected by the federal government."

This is a a problem of deeply-ingrained, systemic racism that is as Canadian as Maple Syrup and poutine!

Note that cases stretch as far back as 1951 and that a number of relatievs have never been questioned about the disappearances of their daughters, mothers and sisters, until the CBC investigation. This is not about the Reform Party of Canada [reformed into the CPC]. It implicates Liberals, Conservatives, Wild Rose as well the NDP.

This has echoes of the Robert Picton murders, where years of ignoring the disappearances of [mostly] Aboriginal women in BC served to embolden Picton. Yes, he was caught, after 100s of women's remains were found at his pig farm; how many of those women would still be alive had the various police departments done their job is shameful.

There was (is?) a practice in Manitoba (and I think Saskatchewan too) where police officers who picked up an intoxicated aboriginal person, would drive them out to a remote area and leave them to 'find their way home.' Apparently, the racist rationale was that, as Natives, they could survive the elements (did I mention that the cases came to light in months of January-February, where the temperatures in Prairies can get to -40 degrees Celsius (without accounting for the significant Prairie wind chill).

Concerning these 240+ unsolved cases (I'm sure there are more), the mentality of the police is the same. This is what the police purportedly told the grandmother of a missing 17 year old girl in Winnipeg in 2007, "Oh she's just a prostitute, she's probably just on a binge, she'll come home." (But she never did. She was killed).

  • BC's Highway of Tears Task Force: One arrest and one conviction in the past 10 years
  • Alberta's Project Kare: Three convictions in the past 12 years
  • Manitoba's Project Devote: One solved case in past 5 years
    (Source: cbc.ca)

The commonly cited reason for low conviction/arrest rate: lack of resources. In other words, numerous governments have not cared about the issue for decades, and numerous governments still do not care. (While cities/provinces are responsible for the cases in urban areas, the federal government is responsible for cases on-reserve....there is a lot of blame/shame to go around).