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Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« on: April 25, 2010, 08:35:39 AM »
http://indigenouspeoplesissues.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4924:what-their-stories-tell-us-research-findings-from-the-sisters-in-spirit-initiative

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As of March 31st, 582 cases of missing or murdered Aboriginal women. Aboriginal women are far more likely to be murdered by a stranger than non-Aboriginal women are... Do read over the key findings. Remember that the actual number is almost certainly higher as there is no national missing-persons list and police reports certainly don't always mention Aboriginal Status.
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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2010, 08:13:38 AM »
APTN : Moon setting on Sisters in Spirit
 
Getting no funding from Rona's new $10 million national strategy to address "the disturbing issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women"
 
Instead must apply for funding through new deal at SWC :
No use of Sisters In Spirit name
No advocacy or lobbying government
No maintenace of database on missing women.
 
Shelly Glover, Parliamentary Secretary for Indian and Northern Affairs  :
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"That project was finished. Don’t mix apples and oranges. That project was finished, now we’re working with them to pursue other projects

Other projects? Bullshit.
 Sisters in Spirit is their database and their advocacy work and their vigils. That's who they are.
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2010, 08:31:29 AM »
That's scandalous. And it's certainly rubbing salt in the wound to have to listen to that nonsense from Shelly Glover.

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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2010, 08:33:40 AM »
This is utterly ghastly, but alas no surprise. A further indignity to the stolen Sisters.
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2010, 09:01:30 AM »
Finished reading article -- it's even more insulting to watch the good cop / bad cop routine that Ambrose and Glover played out between them. Fiends. Tweeted.

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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2010, 01:14:52 PM »
I just sent my letters. Thanks for posting the addresses Alison.
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2010, 10:51:27 AM »
if you go out to work or have community things you are involved with Irene Mathyssen has a petition you can print out here
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2010, 10:33:55 AM »
Rona Ambrose has been invoking Sisters in Spirit parent organization, the Native Women's Association of Canada, in the House to justify the government's embargo on SIS' further use of the Sisters' name or research.
 
APTN News reports NWAC president says she wasn't consulted and only told about it the day before Rona's big announcement in Vancouver last week. She confirms the government embargo on the Sisters.
 
While she hasn't weighed in on this new twist yet, Pam Palmater, a Mi’kmaq lawyer and Ass. Prof. at Ryerson who blogs at Non-Status Indians, is a good person to follow on this issue. She left at note on my SIS crosspost at The Galloping Beaver last week.
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #8 on: December 07, 2010, 07:22:55 PM »
There is a commentary piece about the BC Highway of Tears in the Guardian, and cripes is it attracting the reactionary, know-nothing comments:

"On Canada's 'Highway of Tears'
Violence against indigenous women is not only a crime, but a reflection of Canada's refusal to repudiate its colonial history"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2010/dec/07/canada-highway-of-tears-indigenous-women-violence
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #9 on: February 04, 2011, 09:06:09 AM »
There is a Valentine's Day for Missing and Murdered Native women here - are there any similar events elsewhere? This is of course to remember the women and call for justice, but also to speak out against the criminal cuts to funding for this essential cause.

English version below

Marche Commémorative pour les Femmes Disparues et Assassinées
Le 14 février, 15 h00
Square Cabot (Atwater et Ste-Catherine)
·       Avec prises de paroles de:
Nakuset, du Foyer pour Femmes Autochtones de Montréal
France Robertson, de Femmes Autochtones du Québec
Karine Gentelet, Amnistie International
 
Et performances musicales de :
Tiohtiake Singers
 

Pourquoi venir à la Marche et ce, accompagné du plus grand nombre de personnes possible! :
 
·       La violence faite envers les femmes est le reflet d'une société malade.
·       Ce symptôme affecte chaque jour des milliers de communautés au Québec, au Canada et dans le reste du monde.
·        Depuis 1980, entre 583 et 3000 femmes autochtones ont disparu ou ont été assassinées au «Canada ».
·        Malgré une hausse des violences, le gouvernement fédéral continue de couper le financement des organisations qui luttent pour la dignité et la reconnaissance des femmes autochtones
 
Une telle société, qui perpétue le sexisme et le racisme ne nous convient pas : nous en avons ASSEZ!

 
Coupures à Soeurs par l'esprit! Un nouvel affront aux femmes autochtones!
Venez montrer votre soutien pour la survie de l’Association des femmes autochtones du Canada (AFAC) et de leur campagne Sœurs par l’esprit (SIS) qui, depuis sa création en 2004, a travaillé à sensibiliser la population et à compiler des données sur la violence faite à l’égard des femmes et des jeunes femmes autochtones au Canada. L’association a su forger des liens solides avec les femmes autochtones, leurs familles et leurs communautés. Sœurs par l’Esprit a organisé la dernière marche annuelle commémorative pour les femmes autochtones disparues et assassinées. Cette dernière a prit place dans plus de 86 communautés au Canada et dans une communauté au Nicaragua.
 
Malgré ses avancées au niveau de la recherche, le gouvernement a tenu SIS dans le néant concernant son financement pour une durée de huit mois, soit depuis la publication du budget du Canada en mars 2010. À ce moment, 10 millions de dollars avaient été promis afin de «régler la question des disparitions et des assassinats de femmes autochtones ». Ce n'est qu'en novembre 2010 que le gouvernement a finalement confirmé les pires craintes de plusieurs militant-e-s, organisateurs-trices et même député-e-s de l'opposition: l'argent n’est pas octroyé aux fonds de recherche de Sœurs par l’esprit. Au contraire, cet argent sert désormais le gouvernement canadien ainsi que les forces de l'ordre en mettant en œuvre une nouvelle politique en matière de violence conjugale : accroître le pouvoir de la police en leur permettant, par le biais d'un amendement au Code criminel,  d’effectuer de l’écoute électronique sans mandat. Ainsi, dans des cas d’urgence, la police est en mesure d’obtenir des mandats multiples en lien avec une seule application. Cela aura pour effet d’augmenter la criminalisation des femmes et des communautés autochtones. De plus, cela entraînera une pratique policière sans fondement de recherche et sans collecte de données. À cela s'ajoute une relation historique de méfiance entre les communautés autochtones et la police qui a été maintes fois impliqués dans un certain nombre de dossiers d’altercations violentes envers les femmes autochtones. Gladys Tolley, par exemple, a été tuée par la Sûreté du Québec en 2001 et personne n'a jamais été traduits en justice. Sa fille, Bridget Tolley, a fait de la pression pendant des années afin qu’une enquête indépendante prenne forme, mais celle-ci a récemment été refusée.

Assez c'est assez!! Nous n’assisterons pas à la destruction des programmes en appuie aux Premières nations, comme nous l'avons vu cette année avec les coupures à la Fondation autochtone de guérison et de la First Nations University en Saskatchewan. Ces derniers sont essentiels à la sécurité physique, à la santé mentale et émotionnelle et aux luttes politiques des femmes autochtones et des communautés autochtones.
 
 
Le 14 février, AFFICHEZ VOTRE AMOUR et marchez pour la justice!
 

Plus d'information: justiceformissing@gmail.com, missingjustice.ca
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Memorial March for Missing and Murdered Women
 
Monday, February 14, 3pm
 
Cabot Square (Parc Atwater)
Atwater & St. Catherine
 
 
Invited guests include:
 
Nakuset (Native Women's Shelter of Montreal)
France Robertson (Quebec Native Women)

Karine Gentelet, Amnistie International
 
And musical performances from :
 
Tiohtiake Singers
 
Why you should come to the March and bring others:

Violence against women is an ever-present symptom of a sick society. It continues to affect communities all over Québec, Canada and the rest of the world.
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Since roughly 1980, Between 583 and 3000 Indigenous women have gone missing or been murdered in "Canada."
 
Despite an increase in the number of violences, the federal government is still cutting funding for those organizations who fight for the dignity of native women.
 
We can't agree with a society that still accepts sexism and racism:
we are FED UP !
 
 
Funding cuts for Sisters in Spirit! Another blow to the cause of Native Women!
 
Come out and show support for the survival of the Native Women's Association of Canada's (NWAC) and their unprecedented Sisters in Spirit campaign (SIS), which, since it's inception in 2004, has worked to raise awareness on and compile data about violence against Native women and girls in Canada. In that time they have forged strong relationships with women and their families and communities. The last annual Sisters in Spirit March and Vigil was organized by over 86 communities across Canada, with one in Nicaragua.

In spite of this progress, the government held SIS in funding limbo for 8 months, ever since the release of Canada's 2010 budget back in March, when $10 million was promised to "address the issue of missing and murdered Native women." It wasn't until November 2010 that the government finally made the announcement that confirmed the worst fears of many activists, organizers, and even opposition MPs: the money would not go to fund SIS research, but would instead fulfill the government's new idea of safety for women, and include requirements for enhanced police power: amendments to the Criminal Code to allow police to wiretap without warrants in emergencies and obtain multiple warrants on a single application. This will not only increase the likelihood of criminalization of women and Native communities, but will be expected to operate without the backbone of research and data collection. Add to this the historical and ongoing relationship of distrust between many Native communities and police, who are themselves implicated in a number of documented violent altercations with Native women. Gladys Tolley, for instance, was killed by the Surete du Quebec in 2001 and no one was ever brought to justice. Her daughter Bridget Tolley has pushed for an independent investigation for years and was recently refused.
 
ENOUGH is ENOUGH!! We will not stand for the continued stripping down of First Nations programs essential to the physical safety and mental and emotional health of Native women and Native communities, as we have seen earlier this same year with the Aboriginal Healing Foundation and First Nations University.
 
 
This 14th of February, show your love and walk for Justice!
 
 For more information : justiceformissing@gmail.com, missingjustice.ca
 
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2011, 07:52:56 PM »
Justice for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women: 6th memorial march and vigil

In French: http://www.missingjustice.ca/2011/08/6th-annual-sisters-in-spirit-memorial-march-and-vigil-montreal/?lang=fr

and in English: http://www.missingjustice.ca/2011/08/6th-annual-sisters-in-spirit-memorial-march-and-vigil-montreal/

Pity it isn't in any of the Indigenous languages spoken here! I walked by the Native friendship centre and heard people speaking their languages... but perhaps they don't read them.

You can find more info on events elsewhere from coast to coast to coast in the links. Please post any activities in your community.

Click on the poster for a much larger version.
" Eure \'Ordnung\' ist auf Sand gebaut. Die Revolution wird sich morgen schon \'rasselnd wieder in die Höhe richten\' und zu eurem Schrecken mit Posaunenklang verkünden: \'Ich war, ich bin, ich werde sein!\' "
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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #11 on: December 13, 2011, 03:06:25 PM »
Native Women's Association of Canada :
UN Will Conduct Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
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The United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women has decided to conduct an inquiry into the murders and disappearances of Aboriginal women and girls across Canada.   The Committee, composed of 23 independent experts from around the world, is the UN’s main authority on women’s human rights.   The Committee’s decision was announced today by Jeannette Corbiere Lavell, President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), and Sharon McIvor of the Canadian Feminist Alliance for International Action (FAFIA).

The inquiry procedure is used to investigate what the Committee believes to be very serious violations of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In January and in September 2011, faced with the continuing failures of Canadian governments to take effective action in connection with the murders and disappearances, FAFIA and NWAC requested the Committee to launch an inquiry. Canada has signed on to the treaty, known as the Optional Protocol to the Convention, which authorizes the Committee to investigate allegations of “grave or systematic” violations of the Convention by means of an inquiry. Now that the Committee has formally initiated the inquiry, Canada will be expected to cooperate with the Committee’s investigation.


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Re: Almost 600 Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
« Reply #12 on: March 07, 2012, 02:14:33 AM »
The MWCI Missing Women Commission of Inquiry seems to have gone from bad to worse: Robyn Gervais, lawyer for Aboriginal interests, has quit and given her reasons:

https://twitter.com/#!/RobynGervaisMWI/status/177132577516294144

An article about it:  http://www.vancouverobserver.com/node/10981


An exceptional blog post about the attitudes of the Commission:

http://davideby.blogspot.com/2012/03/missing-women-commission-cant-let.html

Both tweeted by Arlene Hache who tweets a lot of interesting things about aboriginal issues and the North:

https://twitter.com/#!/ArleneHache/status/177259301927272448
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