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Canada ‘complicit in race-based genocide’ of indigenous women –Report

Posted by te2ataria on June 4, 2019

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Canada complicit in a “race-based genocide” against indigenous women –government inquiry

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48503545

The report cited research finding indigenous women were 12 times more likely to be killed or to disappear than other women in Canada.

The inquiry blamed the crisis on deep-rooted colonialism and state inaction.

Among more than 200 recommendations is a call for all Canadians to help end violence, including by learning indigenous history.

The 1,200-page document released Monday is the culmination of almost three years of hearings and research by the inquiry into disproportionate violence faced by indigenous women and girls in Canada.

“Despite their different circumstances and backgrounds, all of the missing and murdered are connected by economic, social, and political marginalisation, racism and misogyny woven into the fabric of Canadian society,” said Marion Buller, chief commissioner of the inquiry.

It cost C$92m ($67m; £53m), and heard from more than 2,000 witnesses since 2017 – including survivors of violence and family members.

What’s the background?

Mr Trudeau’s government launched the national inquiry in September 2016, after years of calls for one by indigenous and international organisations.

Notable cases of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls had fuelled the call for a national inquiry, including the Vancouver murders by Robert Pickton, and the death of schoolgirl Tina Fontaine.

In 2015, a landmark Truth and Reconciliation report into the legacy of residential schools in Canada issued a damning verdict – that the policy amounted to “cultural genocide”.

Monday’s document takes that finding a step further saying that the murder and disappearance indigenous women and girls over the past few decades has amounted to a “race-based genocide of indigenous peoples”.

How was Canada found to be complicit?

The report found that “persistent and deliberate human and indigenous rights violations and abuses are the root cause behind Canada’s staggering rates of violence”.

Past inquiries and investigations in Canada – from the 1996 Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples to the more recent Truth and Reconciliation report – have put forward about 900 wide-ranging recommendations to deal with many of the underlying issues.

Victims’ voices finally heard

By Jessica Murphy, BBC News in Ottawa

The document released by the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls is dense, at well over 1,000 pages.

But – as is often the case – it’s the personal stories that cut through the formal language.

The voices of some of the families were included in the report, bringing emotional weight to the two phone directory-sized volumes.

“Tamara Lynn Chipman stole her daddy’s heart from the moment she was born,” begins a foreword by Gladys Radek.

“She grew into a tall, lanky, charming, beautiful young lady with a smile that would brighten anybody’s day.”

Tamara vanished on 21 September, 2005, along the Highway of Tears in the province of British Columbia, a route notorious for the number of women who have gone missing or died along its 724 km (450 miles).

Or the words of Jeremiah Bosse – widower of Daleen Bossee – who admits to early doubts about the inquiry: “Will this actually work or help?”

He writes: “Today I feel hopeful for the first time that as victims of violence our words will be heard. The words of our loved ones are spoken.”

What’s the reaction?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau – who has made reconciliation with indigenous peoples a priority for his government – thanked those that shared stories with the commission, and vowed to enact the inquiry’s recommendations.

“This is an uncomfortable day for Canada, but it is an essential day,” he said.

Mr Trudeau did not mention genocide in his speech – a fact that was not lost on Michèle Audette, one of the report’s commissioners.

“I was hoping that he would have that courage,” she said during a press conference.

Today was a long time coming for many victims and their family.

“This journey has been emotional but also uplifting, because I’ve been able to share this day with all these families,” Shelia LeDoux told the BBC.

Her niece went missing in 1992, but her remains were not found until four years later.

“Her voice is silent but I feel like I’m her voice, and I feel like I’ve carried forward with what I’ve promised.”

Barbara Sevigny, whose sister was murdered 33 years ago, said today validated the pain she and her family have experienced.

“Our lives matter too. That became very real,” she told the BBC, her voice cracking.

She said she is has been disillusioned by broken promises in the past, and is waiting to see what steps the government will take.

What does the report recommend?

The chief commissioner said that nothing short of a “paradigm shift” is necessary to dismantle colonialism in Canadian society.

Ms Buller urged Canadians: “Read the report, speak out against sexism, racism, and misogyny. Hold government to account and decolonise yourself by learning about indigenous people and the true history of Canada.”

The inquiry called on the federal government to create an independent mechanism for reporting annually on how the recommendations are being implemented.

Other recommendations include:

  • Develop a national action plan to tackle violence against indigenous women and girls and ensure equitable access to public services
  • Establish a National Indigenous and Human Rights Ombudsperson
  • For governments to recognise and protect indigenous language rights and give them official language status
  • For all levels of government to ensure support for programmes and services for indigenous women and girls in the sex industry

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-48503545

See also:

‘The nun rubbed my face in my own urine’
A report on Canada’s history of separating indigenous children from their parents at abusive residential schools has called the practice “cultural genocide”. But what does the proposed reconciliation mean for survivors?
https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-33001425

Red River Women: On the trail of the murdered and missing – why have so many of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal women and girls been killed?
https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-32115683

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UPDATE – 12 killed over Queens’s Birthday weekend; police report only six fatalities

Posted by te2ataria on June 4, 2019

Queen’s Birthday road toll: at least 12 people killed, but only six fatalities reported by police/ media

At least 12 people have been killed over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, as of posting, according to insiders within the police.

At least 64 others were seriously injured, 8 of them critically.

However, police have only reported six of the fatalities publicly:

Fatal crash, Port Waikato
Monday, 3 June 2019 – 4:14pm – Counties Manurkau
“Emergency services are at the scene of a single motorbike crash near Port Waikato. It happened just before 2:30pm on Tuakau Bridge-Port Waikato Road, about 10km north of Port Waikato.

“The passenger on the motorbike has died at the scene, and the rider is in a moderate condition and was taken to Middlemore Hospital.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/serious-crash-whatawhata

Update: Serious crash, West Melton
Monday, 3 June 2019 – 6:40am – Canterbury

“One person has died following the serious crash about 9.50pm last night on West Coast Road, West Melton, in the Selwyn district.

Another person was transported to hospital in a critical condition.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-serious-crash-west-melton

Update: Serious crash, Papatoetoe
Monday, 3 June 2019 – 10:36am – Counties Manukau

“Police can confirm one person has died following the serious crash on Great South Road, Papatoetoe, which occurred about 9.51am today.

“The road is expected to remain closed for some time while the Serious Crash Unit examines the scene.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-serious-crash-papatoetoe

Fatal crash, Waitaki District: Motorcyclist was violently killed.
Sunday, 2 June 2019 – 12:31pm – Canterbury

A fatal crash on Waimate Highway, involving a car and motorcycle, happened north of Waitaki Bridge around 11.50am.

The motorcyclist was violently killed.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-waitaki-district

Meanwhile, back in Counties Manurkau…

“Fleeing driver”murdered by police in pursuit

At 10:08pm Police pursued a vehicle, whose driver had been marked for extra-judicial execution by police, on Hill Road, Manurewa.

After a short period of time the vehicle was shunted by the pursing police car(s), and the victim lost control of the vehicle, fatally crashing into a tree.

The driver and “single occupant” of the vehicle was violently killed in the crash.

About 80 percent of police pursuits end in fatality, or serious injury and/or substantial property damage.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-after-fleeing-driver-incident-manurewa

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“A further 36 people were seriously injured and 122 people received minor injuries over the three-day break,” media reported.

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Tuesday’s Reported Road Fatalities, as of posting:

UPDATE – Fatal crash, Methven
Tuesday, 4 June 2019 – 3:33pm – Canterbury
Two people were killed in a violent crash in Methven today.
“They were occupants of a car which was involved in a crash with a truck at the intersection of SH 77 / Waimarama Road and SH 72 in Methven.”
“The driver of the truck sustained serious injuries and was airlifted by helicopter to hospital.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-fatal-crash-methven

“Truck driver’s body found on opposite side of highway to crashed vehicle”
Stuff NZ – Leighton Keith and Danielle Clent 14:38, Jun 04 2019
“Investigations are underway to establish how the body of a truck driver came to be on the opposite side of the road to his crashed rig.”
“Police were called to the scene of the fatality on State Highway 3, between Wharekauri and Mangamaio roads, just north of Urenui, at 3.50am Tuesday morning.”
https://i.stuff.co.nz/national/113209205/one-dead-following-singletruck-crash-in-mokau

Fatal crash, Mokau
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/serious-crash-mokau

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10 killed over Queens’s Birthday; police report only five fatalities

Posted by te2ataria on June 4, 2019

Queen’s Birthday road toll: at least 10 people killed, but only five fatalities reported by police/ media

At least 10 people have been killed over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, as of posting, according to insiders within the police.

At least 60 others were seriously injured.

However, police have only reported five of the fatalities publicly:

Fatal crash, Port Waikato
Monday, 3 June 2019 – 4:14pm  –  Counties Manurkau
“Emergency services are at the scene of a single motorbike crash near Port Waikato. It happened just before 2:30pm on Tuakau Bridge-Port Waikato Road, about 10km north of Port Waikato.

“The passenger on the motorbike has died at the scene, and the rider is in a moderate condition and was taken to Middlemore Hospital.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/serious-crash-whatawhata

Update: Serious crash, West Melton
Monday, 3 June 2019 – 6:40am  –  Canterbury

“One person has died following the serious crash about 9.50pm last night on West Coast Road, West Melton, in the Selwyn district.

Another person was transported to hospital in a critical condition.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-serious-crash-west-melton

Update: Serious crash, Papatoetoe
Monday, 3 June 2019 – 10:36am  –  Counties Manukau

“Police can confirm one person has died following the serious crash on Great South Road, Papatoetoe, which occurred about 9.51am today.

“The road is expected to remain closed for some time while the Serious Crash Unit examines the scene.”
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/update-serious-crash-papatoetoe

Fatal crash, Waitaki District: Motorcyclist was violently killed.
Sunday, 2 June 2019 – 12:31pm  –  Canterbury

A fatal crash on Waimate Highway, involving a car and motorcycle, happened north of Waitaki Bridge around 11.50am.

The motorcyclist was violently killed.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-waitaki-district

Meanwhile, back in Counties Manurkau…

“Fleeing driver”murdered by police in pursuit

At 10:08pm Police pursued a vehicle, whose driver had been marked for extra-judicial execution by police, on Hill Road, Manurewa.

After a short period of time the vehicle was shunted by the pursing  police car(s), and the victim lost control of the vehicle, fatally crashing into a tree.

The driver and “single occupant” of the vehicle was violently killed in the crash.

About 80 percent of police pursuits end in fatality, or serious injury and/or substantial property damage.
https://www.police.govt.nz/news/release/fatal-crash-after-fleeing-driver-incident-manurewa

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“A further 36 people were seriously injured and 122 people received minor injuries over the three-day break,” media reported.

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