'Status Quo' Aboriginal report incites outrage


mentalfloss
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'Status quo' report incites outrage

A Parliamentary report has sparked renewed anger over Ottawa's refusal to call a national inquiry into missing and slain aboriginal women.

The report by the Conservative-dominated special committee on violence against indigenous women was a year in the making. Critics charged it offers little more than recycled ideas that ignore the demands of aboriginal people.

"This report is appalling," said Churchill NDP MP Niki Ashton. "It does not reflect the demands, the messages brought forward by family members who've lost their loved ones."

Aboriginal leaders, human rights activists and many provincial premiers have backed calls for a national inquiry. It's estimated there are hundreds of cases of missing and slain aboriginal women in Canada dating back to the 1960s -- officially as many as 600 victims.

Ashton and other Opposition MPs blasted the committee's effort and released a minority report that includes calls for a public inquiry and a national action plan to deal with the root causes of violence against indigenous women.

They also demanded any reforms be led by aboriginal women -- and that Ottawa commit substantial new resources to address health, social and safety issues.

The report, titled Invisible Women: A Call to Action, makes 16 recommendations, including a call for a public-awareness strategy on substance abuse and continued support for programs "that allow aboriginal communities to respond to violence."

"The committee's weak recommendations represent an acceptance of the shocking status quo of violence against indigenous women and girls, even by the very people who are supposed to protect them," said Meghan Rhoad, women's rights researcher at Human Rights Watch.

Derek Nepinak, grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, said a public inquiry has received broad-based support.

"For the life of me, I can't figure out how this Conservative government thinks that it can't address the issues that Canadians find most important to deal with," he said.

If the government continues to ignore aboriginal concerns, there will likely be more blockades and other public demonstrations, he said.

"I know there's people who are tired of waiting, and they're taking to the streets now," he said.

Nahanni Fontaine, special adviser to the Manitoba government on aboriginal women's issues, said the province is "very disappointed" the Harper government refuses to consider a national public inquiry. She said after a year's work the committee failed to come up with original ideas or identify any specific investments that could be made to improve the safety of indigenous women.

"Nothing new or substantial has come out of this," she said.

The Conservatives insisted they've taken dozens of measures to address violence against aboriginal women since they came to power in 2006.

The Tories recently renewed funding to combat violence against aboriginal women and girls.

"I believe that this report will go further to take action," Tory MP Stella Ambler, chair of the special committee, said in the House of Commons just before the report was tabled.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay echoed those sentiments: "What we don't need now is to stop and talk and study. We need more action."

In its dissenting opinion, the Liberals said the report's recommendations were clearly the work of ministerial offices, since so many of them make reference to existing government programs.

'Status quo' report incites outrage - Winnipeg Free Press
 
Nuggler
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How is a national inquiry going to help. seriously. ?
 
L Gilbert
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Quote: Originally Posted by NugglerView Post

How is a national inquiry going to help. seriously. ?

Not only that but shouldn't we be doing something against violence towards women in general? I'm all for enquiries into missing and slain women, though.
 
Cannuck
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Quote: Originally Posted by L GilbertView Post

Not only that but shouldn't we be doing something against violence towards women in general?


...or how about violence in general regardless of the sex of the victim.
 
Dixie Cup
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All an inquiry would do is provide a platform to those who already have a platform to bitch about how hard done by natives are in Canada. I doubt if anything good would come of the process. What could an inquiry do about women who have been missing for 40 years?


What needs to be done is for natives to take responsibility for their children; ensure they stay in school, get an education. They need to stop with the "whoa is me" mentality and move on.


It is the responsibility the Band Chiefs to ensure that the money given to them (billions) is well spent in the community (such as the band in BC and others) to ensure that there is housing, water, sewer etc. and it is the community's responsibility to hold the council members responsible for the funds that they get.


I'm just tired of the whole mess. Get rid of the reserves; allow all members to own their piece of land and give them the tools to succeed.


JMHO
 
Tecumsehsbones
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Quote: Originally Posted by Dixie CupView Post

All an inquiry would do is provide a platform to those who already have a platform to bitch about how hard done by natives are in Canada. I doubt if anything good would come of the process. What could an inquiry do about women who have been missing for 40 years?


What needs to be done is for natives to take responsibility for their children; ensure they stay in school, get an education. They need to stop with the "whoa is me" mentality and move on.

Umm. . . it's "woe is me." Just sayin'.


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It is the responsibility the Band Chiefs to ensure that the money given to them (billions) is well spent in the community (such as the band in BC and others) to ensure that there is housing, water, sewer etc. and it is the community's responsibility to hold the council members responsible for the funds that they get.

It's the responsibility of the band chiefs to respond to their constituents.


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I'm just tired of the whole mess.

Sorry we're so inconvenient for you.

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Get rid of the reserves;

Agreed.

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allow all members to own their piece of land

Agreed.

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and give them the tools to succeed.

Nope. Give them freedom and legal equality. Then they can either acquire the tools to succeed or not.


JMHO[/QUOTE]
 

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