07.25.2017 11:14 AM

A sad picture tells a sad story

Here’s a picture of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls booth at the Assembly of First Nations in Regina.

It’s closed. No literature. What a bloody disgrace, as one hereditary chief said.

I say it’s getting time for some ministerial resignations. 

20 Comments


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    Kevin says:

    Head shaking at the irony.


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    James Smith says:

    If I were PMJT I would be having some “Frank & Direct” conversations about this issue. It seems to me those tasked with getting this done should be finding a new line of work.


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      Cath says:

      Bennett needs to go.


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    Pipes says:

    I was at NAIG. Bennett spoke and I couldn’t believe she wasn’t booed off the stage. I guess the athletes didn’t want to jeopardize the Feds support of the games.


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    Lyndon Dunkley says:

    It is actually a perfect metaphor for the inquiry.

    An ineffectual process whose findings can only be dark and depressing with recommendations that will be empty.


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    Kevin says:

    The only thing that’s a disgrace here is the many, many millions of dollars wasted on something for which the conclusions can already be written with existing information. This is a costly political stunt that will just enrage aboriginals more and do nothing at all for the plight of indigenous women.


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    P. Brenn says:

    No excuse for this or for the inaction on the MMIW inquiry..obviously wrong people are running it …primary goal is to go and listen to people…how hard is that…all the admin crap in background can continue in background….no real talk on these issues

    Fix water issues , work on the suicide issues (positive moves this week) – time to act ..too much talk on these issues

    https://www.ryanswell.ca/about-ryans-well/ryans-story/

    Here is story about a kid in Grade 1 who wanted to make a difference …100’s of wells in Africa have been build because of him… I get Africa doesnt have our climate but we should be able to provide clean water to all


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      James Smith says:

      In the no excuse category Canada has some of the best most innovative water treatment companies on the planet. The DART Team has a truck mounted system that can be loaded on an Herc. Oh & BTW a fecking household Reverse Osmosis systems are a couple of hundred dollars at the Tire or Home Hardware. I know Drinking RO water isn’t good for one, but one can add minerals back into RO water.


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    Russ says:

    As a Liberal I am very dissapointed in this minister. Time for a change, this is too important a file for this level of incompetence


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    Mario says:

    The whole thing sounds like a clash of academic and political egos…


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      P. Brenn says:

      bang on mario…we need some roll up the sleeves types


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    Ronald O'Dowd says:

    Warren,

    The tutelage approach won’t work. If they want to know why this has turned into a complete tragedy, they should ask Emma and fellow First Nations members.

    This smacks of a pie-in-the-sky approach, rather than a down-to-earth one.

    Results-oriented can only come from the nations themselves, not from ivory towers.

    Not yet ready to tar Bennett with this mess. But she also needs to up her game as Minister, because right now, there is a perception out there that she has started to wear it.


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    Daryl gordon says:

    This no win situation is the reason Harper did not authorize an inquiry when he was PM. RCMP and the justice ministry already have case files , conclusions can be made with this information. The fact is most Native organizations don’t accept what the information shows and also won’t accept any thing that points to lifestyle choices, personal responsibility. That would go directly against what has for years has become an entitlement industry.

    Trudeau also ended the mandatory audits of band finances, this too will end badly. Already the Onion Lake band is in litigation with a female band member who questions the spending of the Chief and council. Sounds like a fast way to add to the numbers of MMIW.


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      Kelly says:

      Why would you trust the RCMP — or any police force’s — case files when it comes to Aboriginal issues? That is at the heart of this inquiry. Aboriginal women are being murdered and going missing and the community doesn’t trust the authorities to find out why and bring perpetrators to justice because in many known instances the authorities are the ones carrying out the abuse.


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        Pedant says:

        Are you saying that the RCMP and local police are murdering Aboriginal women, Kelly? Can you please provide details on some of these “known instances”?


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    lougive says:

    Official Statement from PMO
    Allthough this will upset a great many Canadians, we had no chance at succeeding and we will save a lot of money not trying. We could not come to the pre-determined outcome I was seeking when I made this promise. This is a result of the inaction of Margaret Thatcher and all other conservative governments that have ever existed in the universe.
    Free photos at Langevin Block on Friday. Please bring Babies. And spare nannies if you can.

    Sincerely(I’m blushing as I type)
    The Dauphin


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    Kaplan says:

    I’d like to find out why they don’t have a presence here before casting blame and outrage. I mean, their own website says they’re independent of the federal government, all provincial and territorial governments and crown corporations.

    At the same time, I note they have a four person communications team and a nine-person community relations team, in addition to the chief commissioner and her three fellow commissioners. Surely someone could’ve been tapped to man this booth and share some much-needed information.


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    Daryl gordon says:

    Pretty much says it all: http://www.edmontonsun.com/2017/07/25/the-mmiw-is-stuck-in-a-politically-correct-limbo


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    JH says:

    I’m thinking of all those folks who warned that an inquiry like this would end up with a report gathering dust on Ottawa shelves, after millions of dollars wasted and the only ones profiting were lawyers, consultants, strategists etc. Now it appears the money is still wasted, but at least trees will be saved as a report seems unlikely.


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    P. Brenn says:

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/afn-chiefs-to-debate-resignations-mmiwg-1.4223980

    Should not have to debat ..Trudeau should take lead remove rest of Commissioners and Bennett from file

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