Tina Fontaine was pulled from the Winnipeg Red River the other day. She was found inside a bag. Tossed away like garbage. A beautiful baby at age 15. The irony of the find was that police and people were looking for another person that drowned in the River. That man was the homeless hero, Faron Hall. Faron saved two people on different occasions from drowning. So he was involved in the finding of another person.
Last night there was a Walk to bring attention to the Murdered and Missing women and the homeless in Canada. Many people from all walks of life joined in the Walk. The Winnipeg police took part in the Walk. Not just as a police force tasked with traffic control but with the Walk itself. Police members taking part in the Walk for awareness. I think many of them must take ownership of the loss of life as well. You know, finding the bodies of murdered Women or speaking to the families on the tragedies. Can you imagine dealing with all that anguish? So I do suspect it gets deeply personal for them as well.
It should be deeply personal for everyone. These are your Mom's, Sisters, Daughters, Aunties, and a member of the community. Its not an "Aboriginal Issue". It is a people issue. Women, Girls are being taken and killed. This should not be happening. We condemn the injustices done to Women all over the World, as we should, but we allow our own to be taken?
Many Aboriginal Leaders and non-Aboriginal are calling for a National Inquiry to examine the phenomenon of Murdered and Missing Women. People are asking Why? Are there more Picktons out there? With the Pickton murders, the Province relented and carried out an inquiry. This inquiry was marred with problems. It seemed to seek absolution of law enforcement rather than look at the causes of the problem, and the systemic flaws in justice.The government put limitations in place that did not do the inquiry commission any real value. The Families' of Women who went missing in this case did not feel part of the process and rightly so. If a National Inquiry is to take place, it must not make the same mistakes as the British Columbia government.
When calls were started to be heard of a National Inquiry for Murdered and Missing Women, I was one that did not really understand. As the voices grew I became skeptical that an Inquiry would even accomplish anything. We have seen so many Reports, inquires and Commissions that have not yielded tangible results. Federal and provincial governments will do what they can to pacify the masses without doing any real work or changes. Time has changed my way of thinking. The many voices have been passionate and persuasive. My reluctance was not about caring for the Women but more about my lack of trust in the governments. For me, much of the interests of government lies in the status quo and the increased scrutiny of the public while decreasing business accountability and oversight. So that was my way of thinking. But I do believe that the collective of community voice can do some good. Collective voice might be able to sway the bullies and the ideological political parties that are cemented in place. Perhaps the collective voice can sway the collective "NO" that is the stance of Canada Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his minions.
I think Harper regime is afraid of what the inquiry will expose.
Harper has turned Canada into an equivalent of a 1960's southern U.S. State. Where there are no checks and balances for business. Where the everyday person is at the mercy of the justice system and big business. With no compassion for citizens, environment, and the people; poor people and Indian people. They may be afraid to find out that the collective and cumulative efforts of governments policies of exclusion and oppression are major contributors to the problems. That many of the policies are hurtful rather than positive for people. That major change in a mindset is required. A mindset that mainstream is stuck in. That the vulnerable are subjected to negative basis and judgement at every point of contact; from the hospital at birth to the last days of their lives.
Our people may find that our men (and some women) are exploiting our Women and Girls. Gangs will be looked at. Their false claims of brotherhood and security when in fact it is more about being predators and exerting power over their own people; negative power. That the answer lies not in the roots of Christianity but in becoming more aware of our identity. That it starts as babies. That many of the ills start with the concept of "original sin". The original sin of a woman corrupting man. That it is not the women who are corrupt but the ills are in society. That Women have to be recognized as the True life givers and not the rib bone of man.
That is what people are afraid to find out. That Women are not looked at as how they should be. That we must know their role as our futures. That without Women we are no where.
Maybe an inquiry will make us see what we are abusing.