Aboriginal issues / justice / women's rights

The Hierarchy of Murder

This article, entitled “With more than 500 aboriginal women missing, action is overdue” was written by Andre Picard, and appeared in the Globe and Mail on September 3rd, 2009.    This an an incredibly important and ongoing issue.

Here is an excerpt:

“The Native Women’s Association of Canada has catalogued 520 cases of missing or murdered aboriginal women, half of them since the year 2000.

The women, most under the age of 30, are overwhelmingly victims of sexual violence. They are being preyed upon systematically by sexual sadists, killers and probably more than one serial killer.

How can this not be considered a national priority for police, justice and public-health officials?

Sadly, when a native woman is murdered or vanishes under suspicious circumstances, it does not mobilize police action nor generate near as much media attention as similar cases involving non-native women.

They were drunk. They were sex workers. They came from unstable family backgrounds. They were runaways. They were party girls. An endless litany of excuses for inaction is trotted out with shocking regularity.

Let’s be blunt. The main reason an in-depth investigation is required is that the situation reeks of racism, stereotyping and discrimination. There seems to be a deadly double standard at play.”

For the full text of the article, go to:

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health/with-more-than-500-aboriginal-women-missing-action-is-overdue/article1274074/

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