Category Archives: Violence against women

Rona Ambrose (now) supports #MMIW Inquiry

Seriously? WHY is this woman’s face plastered all over my social media feeds as if anything she says is worth sharing? She, her boss, and her party were the very people that stripped the funding from the Sisters in Spirit Initiative in … Continue reading

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MMIW “it isn’t really high on our radar, to be honest”

Yes, Mr. Prime Minister – why don’t we be honest? The issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women is not high on your radar because the current situation is perfectly acceptable to you and your party as it is, with … Continue reading

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CSC Response to Ashley Smith Inquest Recommendations

So, the Federal cons and CSC have rejected key recommendations from the Ashley Smith inquest jury….. anyone surprised? Anyone? I thought not. It was clear throughout the Inquest that there was little motivation on their part to change anything – and, … Continue reading

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People Matter

Wrote it on Facebook…but then thought maybe I should post it here. So…. Just so freaking sad. How the hell is it possible that so many people’s lives seem to be regarded as disposable? THINGS DON’T MATTER; PEOPLE DO. So … Continue reading

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Vigil for Loretta Saunders

I did not know Loretta Saunders, the 26 year old Inuk woman who was writing a thesis on the issue of missing & murdered Aboriginal woman, and who, in a cruel twist of irony, became a “case” she might have … Continue reading

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Ashley Smith death ruled a HOMICIDE

this inquest jury is awesome. SO glad they were not swayed by the arguments against. Ashley Smith’s death was indeed a homicide. No, no one actually tied the ligature around her neck. But they did kill her. They = not … Continue reading

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Risky Business

I read Risky Business: An Investigation of the Treatment and Management of Chronic Self-Injury Among Federally Sentenced Women after watching Cindy Berry’s testimony at the inquest today … *sigh*  SO freaking depressing. We’ve heard from several Corrections Officers over the course of the … Continue reading

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An Amazing Learning Experience

Did she actually say that?  Yes… in fact, she did. Today’s witness was C. Ward, who was an acting manager at GVI during the time Ashley Smith spent there. We’ve heard from a number of other managers and people involved … Continue reading

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Still Watching the Ashley Smith Inquest….

…but have not, obviously, been writing as much about it lately. Partly that is just because I’ve been busy – end of semester, job search, and busy time of year for hubby’s business… but partly, I think, it is because … Continue reading

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Recommendations at the Ashley Smith Inquest

One of the key issues that most/all of those testifying at the Ashley Smith Inquest are being asked is about their recommendations … what alternatives might have saved Ashley Smith? Were there any alternatives to (not) maintaining her in segregation? … Continue reading

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