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A small step toward justice and healing?

The House to study the cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women


This evening, the House unanimously approved the Liberal motion to establish a committee to study missing and murdered aboriginal women. Carolyn Bennett’s speech explaining the need for such a committee is here.

I have heard the stories from Prince George to downtown Winnipeg. I slipped into the back of the hearing room at the Oppal inquiry in Vancouver on the Pickton murders to hear from the families and I can tell members, we are not doing enough. From 30 years ago when Helen Betty Osborne, who was clearly killed because she was an aboriginal woman, we have continued in this country to not do enough. Look at the names on the Sisters in Spirit website of Lorna Blacksmith, Daleen Kay Bosse, Claudette Osborne, Pamela Holopainen, Hilary Bonnell. Yesterday in the Human Rights Watch poignant paper, we saw the Highway of Tears sign with the names of Tamara and Cecilia and Delphine, and the people who are no longer with us because of this systemic violence.

The sign at these rallies that always touches me the most is, “To the world, she was one person. To us she was the world”. It means that we cannot deal with this in only the horrific statistics. We have to deal with this as a very human problem of human families and communities. It is also the systemic problem of the effects of residential schools, of colonization. The fact is that we have to address this head-on. We need the 96% of Canadians who are not from an aboriginal background to understand and work with us in this serious injustice. We need a public and national inquiry. There is no question that our motion today is not to say that this will be instead of a public inquiry. We want a national inquiry, but the government has been so reticent to actually do what is necessary, to deal head-on and analyze the root causes, to seek justice and to prevent and end the violence. We are asking, in the absence of a public inquiry, that our motion today would establish a special committee that would be able to hear evidence and propose recommendations to address the root causes of violence against indigenous women across the country, to seek justice and to identify a real action plan to stop the violence.


A small step toward justice and healing?

  1. FN….Canada’s greatest shame.

    Not our only one…we have lots of them….but certainly our greatest one.

    • Really, you’re ashamed of Canada’s First Nations? That’s horribly racist!!!!

      • LOL yer losin’ yer touch, ol buddy. Time to turn in your troll ears.

        • I’m out of touch? You’re the one who’s making incredibly racist statements. So who’s REALLY out of touch?

          • LOL Turn in your laptop too. Time for your Spring replacement.

          • I won’t be taking orders from a racist troll, thank you very much.

          • ……plus you really need the holiday. Before you turn into a bitter and twisted old man like some others here.


  2. What are they going to do about the fact that the RCMP is not accepting the # coming from the sister’s in spirit? Way to find a way to get on the wrong side of justice once again boys.

  3. There are a lot more missing and murdered men – white men – than aboriginal women in Canada; since the white-hating man-haters like emily and Bennett won’t speak up for them, I will.

    I demand an inquiry into the massive amount of crime perpetrated by aboriginal nativist racists against settlers. They’ve been raping and mudering us since the 1600s and it’s worse now than ever. Check the data – the aboriginal crime rate is so incredibly high (8X rate) that it is clearly fueled by racism (ie hate crimes).

    The implication is that Native women are systemically targeted for rape and murder. By whites. It’s complete bull. Natives are 8X more likely to be convicted of sexual crimes than non-aboriginals – they are the rapists, not us, and I resent my race being blood libeled by a people proven by data to be predisposed to rape.

    The best defense is a good offense and we see this often with Natives. Instead of investigating massive diddling of Native children and other sexual assaults by Native adults they want to shift the focus to others.

    Not a step to healing, Aaron, but a cynical misdirection. Natives target whites every day for violence and rape precisely because of their race. They are quite possibly the most hateful and racist people on the planet.

    • You can’t possibly be this stupid, so I’ll assume you’re being an ass for free.

    • H-mmm…you evidently studied a very different interpretation of history (and criminology) than the one with which most of us are familiar. Can you produce some sources for your construction of events?

    • The depth of your ignorance is both astounding and pathetic.

  4. Really? I have to say as a Canadian with a lot of friends that are not caucasion I am getting more then a little tired of the race card being played here. People need to start owning up to their own transgressions, and everyone needs to start looking inward to resolve their own issues. The problem today is everyone is a victim; here is an idea…stop protesting, blaming you’re parents and any other ludicrous behaviour and get a job, pay taxes (we all don’t like them) and just deal! Obviously a government is imperfect, it is run by humans, that is a fact. If you don’t like it, run in an election and try to effect change in a constructive way. It amazes me to no end what natives get away with, you don’t see African Americans and descendants of Holocaust Jews having tantrums like this. I could go on but I have to go to bed as I have a job I need to get up for early in the morning….NUFF SAID,

    • Too much said.

    • Dammit, Ezra … you are tireless !!

      • Ezra is conservative; ergo he is a bad person.