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 the probable exception that you wish that it would move off everyone else’s radar too.

In an interview with Peter Mansbridge aired today, you were asked about missing and murdered Aboriginal women and again said that there’s been plenty of research, it’s time for action, and that you ~government~ has taken strong laws to prevent and to punish ah criminal activity which a lot of this is.

And there’s the rub.

See, this is the thing, Mr. Harper. We kinda don’t want to wait until the women are missing or murdered and then punish the guys who did it. We know that the threat of being caught/punished isn’t enough to make it stop, or it would have stopped already.

I know you’re really proud of wasting billions of taxpayer money on fancy prisons to replace the residential schools you’re no longer allowed to use to destroy Aboriginal families – but seriously…

See, your plan requires that we first allow the women to be used, abused, murdered, taken ….

And it supposes that the people who commit the crimes will be caught and punished.

But Canadians like me, we aren’t so eager to have more people become statistics.

  • Not Aboriginal women.
  • Not nonAboriginal women.
  • Not Aboriginal men.
  • Non nonAboriginal men.
  • Not Aboriginal children.
  • Not nonAboriginal children.

Some of us, we actually believe that Canada can do better.

We can create healthy, prosperous & sustainable communities for our families.

We can work to end discrimination  and violence against people on the basis of  race, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, sex, age or mental or physical disability.

You’re right that there’s been a lot of research into the issue of missing & murdered Indigenous women and in theory, you’re even right that an inquiry shouldn’t be needed. But see, here’s the thing…. we had an organization that was doing an amazing job of working on this issue. But you decided that for whatever reason (I suspect that they were starting to bring too much attention to the issue and make too much progress, but hey, maybe that’s just me being cynical) you decided that you would yank their funding and you would make those Aboriginal women shut the **** up about the whole thing by making the funding you did leave them with contingent on it.

That was mean-spirited, Mr. Harper, and absolutely against the principles you spouted in the Apology for Residential Schools – you know, where you said that there is no place in Canada for the sort of BS behaviour & attitudes that led to the whole residential schools debacle? Remember that? I’m paraphrasing of course, but whatever….

see, you took the project away from the Aboriginal women and you tossed it to a bunch of middle aged white guys. How is THAT not a prime example of colonialism, I would like to know? Have you read the working groups’ report? It’s pretty funny – and not in a good way.

Anyway, that’s what your government did, and I’m pretty sure that you were all hoping that that would be the end of the whole thing.

Aboriginal women and children would keep on becoming missing and murdered but no one that mattered would notice or care, and if they did, you’d tell them that you had it under control with your middle-aged white guy committee.

Thank God for Idle No More and for a few people in the media not under your control who were able to start getting the story out – your plan has failed.

It’s quite clear from today’s interview that you’re still hopeful though; still counting on all of us to move on and shut up about it.

I don’t think that’s going to happen, Mr. Harper. Seriously, even the Toronto Sun is on the story now. You know it’s bad when….

Anyway, I don’t know why I even bothered to address my post to you; it’s not like you care what I think. Or what any Canadian that doesn’t agree with you thinks.

Perhaps you’ll care on voting day; I live in hope.

 

 

 

 

 

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