Violence against [Canada] Aboriginal women and the right to self-defence

Robert Lovelace – Rabble.ca – Wednesday, 26 December 2012 (originally published 21 Dec)

Missing women protest
Protests were a regular feature outside the Missing Women’s Inquiry in Vancouver. Image: Rabble.ca

For months now First Nations Leadership has been calling on the Federal government for a commission to study why there are so many murdered and missing Aboriginal women in this country. 

The government of Canada has refused.  Stephen Harper and his government have said that it is a matter for law enforcement, not for politicians or the public. I beg to differ with both positions.

When Aboriginal women experience violence of any kind it is a political act.  It is so, because Aboriginal women as a group are the most vulnerable sector in the Canadian population. This is not an accident. It is a historical reality and a direct consequence of colonial policy over the last 150 years.  Not only are they most vulnerable to physical violence, but also Aboriginal women are the most likely to experience economic, employment, social and educational marginalization. If any other part of the Canadian population were statistically experiencing what Aboriginal women face in this country daily it would be considered an immediate national crisis . . .

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