My question : why do conservatives reject a national inquiry of missing or murdered aboriginal women?


Prime Minister Stephen Harper rules out inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women, says murders a “crimes” not “sociological phenomenon.”

Harper’s characterization of this ongoing national tragedy completely disregards the scope of the crisis, which was confirmed only months ago by an RCMP report

If the prime minister would take the time to consult even the most rudimentary criminology textbook, he would find that crime is a social phenomenon shaped by powerful historical and social forces. Inequality among different populations in society is one of these forces. In Canada, it is a well-established fact that aboriginal peoples, who face much more poverty and unemployment than the national average, are more likely to be victims of violent crimes than other Canadians, a situation that has long been documented by Statistics Canada.

Indigenous women, in particular, disproportionately experience violent victimization. According to the most recent, 2009, General Social Survey, aboriginal women are three times more likely to experience violent victimization than non-aboriginal women in Canada.

Yet, the prime minister downplayed the undeniable and well-documented reality that social inequality and violent victimization are closely linked in his suggestion that the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women is simply about “crime.”

Source: The Star

Canada has made “notable efforts” to improve the social and economic well-being of indigenous people, but needs to do much more to improve their overall living conditions, says a report by a United Nations human rights envoy.

The RCMP confirmed the shocking details Friday that show the number of missing and murdered aboriginal women over the past three decades is much higher than what was originally thought.

Do we need an inquiry?

Tina Fontaine says: I remain unconvinced as to its merits … An inquiry will only help if it has action attached and if it shifts power into the hands of indigenous women, meaning it is led by indigenous women. Such a process will only be meaningful if it has the scope and power to illuminate the multi-layered systemic failures which contribute to this relentless violence. Working across jurisdictional divisions and levels of governmental responsibility in the child welfare system, the justice system, the education system and the systems of transportation and housing, we need to find some semblance of accountability toward indigenous girls and women.

We need to stop the killing of native girls … We need to put an end to the abduction of indigenous women … We need an end to treating violence as mundane.

Treating our deaths as unremarkable is a form of violence that needs to stop along with the murders themselves. Taking steps to end the violence now is the only route to justice.

Source: Tina Fontaine’s death shows how little is being done for indigenous women


The Gap in the Gender Gap: Violence Against Women in Canada.
“The data that does exist tells us three things very clearly: this problem is big, it comes at a high cost, and we are making little or no progress in putting a stop to it,” McInturff says in her study.