March 03, 2015

Murders of Canadian aboriginal women an outrage, but no mystery: 90% knew their killers -- and 88% of these murders get solved

Marissa SemkiwArchive

There are few issues more sensitive in the country than the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women. We often hear that this is a national tragedy.

But that’s false. 

A tragedy is something that’s accidental. Any murder is an outrage, but all the more so when the person murdered is someone with particular vulnerabilities.

It's time we look at some harsh truths of the matter.

Here’s a startling fact that you probably haven’t heard in the media coverage: 90% of these women knew their killer. 50% were related to them.

We already know much of what’s going wrong here.  And yet the media and other politicians are relentless in their demand for a national public inquiry.

But other than spending millions of dollars on employing a bunch of lawyers, what would this inquiry actually accomplish?

Watch my report for more.


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commented 2015-03-13 17:10:21 -0400
What MISSING What UNSOLVED Murders Look in their OWN backyards look at the domestic violence Abuse Sexual and Physical. Simply dredge the nearby rivers . Scour the bushes on reservations Look where the Crimes truly occurred. First Nations is A new Name For SAVAGE sorry for the seemingly bigoted views but I lived amongst them and they regarded any discussion by others as Bigotry toward them while they remained Bigoted toward others, its a 2 way road. time to remove political correctness from the table and tell the truth as I saw it.
Incest, Rampant . Spousal and Child abuse the norm Daily not the odd time. Murder in 12 years I heard of over 100 going missing ?? HUH no murdered and disposed of Another Picton Pig farms perhaps. but not Picton. Was Picton a scape goat got the First Nations, normal in house Crime most probable. Perhaps Picton is the pimple in a festering mass of in-house issues. What more does he know or was he contracted to keep silent.
DRUM banging morons on the steps of Parliament simply validify my thoughts of A Nation of Cuckoos in a Sparrows Nest. Drums don’t conjure spirits to do valid work that takes an educated approach. Time to Neuter the Cuckoo and put this country on a road to Prosperity move forward with Pipe lines provides Work for the WHITE Man and those who wish to progress in life not Fester in a Feed ME attitude Cesspool of Alcoholism and Violent abuse of their OWN. LOOK at home before you Point fingers. Admit your a Broken society and man up and repair yourselves the tax payers are sick of Wasting hard earned money on unrepentant Alcoholics and Drug addict that thru their Belief system Say WE the European OWE you your freedom from the struggle to live. IF we all thought that way no one would survive. Wake up 300 years sleep is no excuse for your tears of POOR LITTLE OLD ME! PLOM my ASS Lazy and bigoted I may sound harsh bigioted but its NOT First nations are the Bigoted Nation and when they begin thinking of the way to treat others ( without a Bigoted stance 0 they may well be invited into the 21st century. Banning the police from the reservation lands simply POINTS a BIG finger of GUILT! and I hear and saw that do not deny We are Unwelcome on the Millions of Acres of land for why FEAR we may Discover you Dirty Secrets
FREEDOM OF SPEACH AND I AM NOT AFFRAID to Speak the truth! you may be unwilling to hear it. read and Weep. THis is a world of survival We others must Work for that without hunting and Gathering we support the bulk of society by our individual efforts. Its hunting and Gathering on a Larger scale. For a few seeds we receive a few $ and the First Nations ask for a large part of MY $ LOOK and you will see my Political Exactness.

commented 2015-03-10 14:46:30 -0400
Marissa what is the definition of solved? If the Police know who committed the crime but don’t have enough evidence to prosecute, what does that get categorized as? Unsolved? It would seem that the unsolved cases would be distributed the same as the solved cases.
commented 2015-03-06 23:20:38 -0500
What makes Aboriginal Murders more outrageous than any other murder? WHy do we pay so much attention to them? Why are Aboriginal people more important than any other population group of Canada. WHy do we allow Aboriginal people blovk the Forward motion of Canada’s Economy . Why do we allow the Aboriginal Population blockade the USE OF LAND anywhere in Canada The rail companies OWN a srip of land each side of the tracks 1 mile wide. Why do we not do the same for Pipe lines thus taking the WHAT IF question out of the minds of the First Nations. We have so many What ifs, to resolve between First Nations than be concerned with a few unresolved Female murders If we had a more outspoken knowledge of life on the Reserves Alcoholism violence toward family members including Murders of their own women. Their typical views are still all too often at the SAVAGE level as we do not apply our normal importance toward education we do on the rest of society. We are now allowing them to resort to Wilderness education and to fall deeper toward a War like attitude with the rest of Canada. they have surrounded their GIVEN LANDS with Barricades that have no Customs or border crossings Access to Federal and provincial Waterways have been blockaded and the WHITE MAN is unwelcome. Ask not about the murder of a few Women that we can point to their own people. But to the MURDER OF CANADA AS A UNIFIED Country to one with tens of hostile countries within
commented 2015-03-04 08:31:03 -0500
This story reminds me of another news story that made me feel “Why bother?” Years ago I remember hearing of a black fourteen year old male who stole a car in Rexdale. He crashed into a cab killing two young black women. The mother of one of the women didn’t blame the young black man. She blamed the police. She had heard the young man had sped past two police fifteen minutes before. The police were outside their car dealing with another issue. The mother blamed the police for not having chased the thief. I can’t help but believe if the police had chased the thief, she would have blamed the police for having chased him and causing the crash. No matter what the facts were she would not see the young black man as being responsible . This woman, and some of her community, were going to hold a racist white society and racist police responsible. How do you deal with prejudiced idealists who will twist the truth 180 degrees to support false conclusions? What can be gained engaging such prejudiced, hateful finger pointers? I want to do what I can to make my society as just as possible. When social activists are the greater source of prejudice I just want to go home and lock my doors.
commented 2015-03-04 00:50:41 -0500
Ron Voss, I don’t think an inquiry would have the authority to scrap the Indian Act and Gladue. I think the most it could do is recommend Parliament take that measure. I have witnessed too many inquiries that benefit lawyers, experts, and stakeholders but that do nothing to benefits victims. We know the Act disadvantages FN families including the men that join the warriors crime groups, that it results in inordinate conditions of impoverishment for significant populations of FN. We know some bands do great economically with smart, honest leadership but that how that affects the people is hit and miss because their economic freedom is so restricted by the Act., especially the community property and band-council budget administration rules. The same for Gladue. We know it is racist, that it does not hold FN domestic abusers to account and puts their victims at risk, so why can’t we just get on with it and scrap it?

The answer, and I’m not sure an inquiry would change it, is that there is not the will to change it. Everyone knows the Indian Act is a black eye for Canada but no one yet has the will to push hard enough to scrap it. It and the Gladue.
commented 2015-03-04 00:36:12 -0500
Dana Moore, of course some – not all but some – of the FN chiefs oppose scrapping the Indian Act. But so what? Just because they want to keep it for reasons of personal greed is no reason for the rest of Canada to let them away with it. We don’t want war with FN people. We want to fix what poses a significant threat to Canada’s security. Especially when you consider FN are reproducing at a rate of 5:1 of second and more generation Canadians. The last thing Canada needs is growing unrest, domestic terrorism, boycotts of business, destruction of infrastructure agitated for by pro-apartheid FN elites who want to exploit the injustice for their own corrupt interests with the funding of foreign interests in overthrowing our rule of law, our democratic government, our freedom.
commented 2015-03-03 21:18:33 -0500
Once again the Rebel comes out with the facts, while the other news agencies simply pander to what the left wants the rest of the country to hear. Of course aboriginal women are being murdered by other aboriginals – who else is living on these reserves. Time to abolish the reserve system and ntegrate natives with the rest of society.
commented 2015-03-03 19:23:34 -0500
The number of missing and murdered aboriginal MEN is far greater than aboriginal women. Where’s the outcry for them? Let’s hope Harper stays the course in refusing a national enquiry. Nothing will be gained by yet another enquiry at great expense.
commented 2015-03-03 19:21:30 -0500
Great report Marissa. It’s about time the facts came out.
commented 2015-03-03 15:35:50 -0500
This information isn’t get out there though or the left just refuse to hear it. Every second left wingers post appeals to this idea of all these missing Aboriginal women and how the government doesn’t care about them, just the terror bill passing through the House right now.
commented 2015-03-03 15:32:01 -0500
You are correct Eileen, it has always struck me as a bit of a double standard when there is such a big stink about the missing and murdered women that are aboriginal yet what about the rest of the women that have been murdered in this country, do we not count as well? A lot of the problems that are happening within the FN are internal but if the gov’t attempts to give assistance then they are accused of interfering, as far as FN is concerned the tax payer is nothing but a cash cow and all they want is more money out of us.
Question, can anyone tell me how much the Ontario Provincial gov’t contibutes to the FN, I heard that the Feds gave them 12 Billion last year.
And I agree they need to get rid of the Indian Act, but also heard that it was the chiefs of the FN who were against getting rid of it.
commented 2015-03-03 14:57:30 -0500
An excellent presentation. There is far too much political posturing on the part of government leaders and the media party. I wonder what excuses Stompin’ Tom, and “Pin-up Justin” will give the aboriginal people for NOT calling for an inquiry IF one or the other forms the next federal government! Don’t forget it is election year and what better venue do the would-be hopefuls have of swaying public opinion and of portraying Mr. Harper as being that terrible “meanie”? If 16% of all missing and murdered women are aboriginal, what about the 84% that are not? WHO is speaking for this group? Or are we labelled as being racist if we speak up for this other group? Are they not just as important? Are the tragic deaths of all women and girls in Canada being defined as to what race you belong to? If that is the case, it is sad, oh, so sad!
commented 2015-03-03 14:37:01 -0500
Well said Marissa. There are too many Canadians who don’t want to hear the TRUTH. They have no intention of reading the RCMP Report and I include Justin Trudeau and Thomas Mulcair in this group.
commented 2015-03-03 13:06:16 -0500
CTV makes most money on programming not news. News with them is pretty well window dressing so why would you think their shows would fact check. Easier to just follow the other sheep. Good news is that less and less are depending on them for news.
commented 2015-03-03 12:35:33 -0500
There is a quote to “Never let the truth get in the way of a good story”, which I understand has falsely been attributed to Mark Twain, but it is a good quote, nonetheless. I have also heard it said that you shouldn’t let the story get in the way of good facts. As well, in dealing with a problem it is important to begin by recognizing and defining the problem. Clearly, a tragedy, as Joan and JR have noted, is not “something that is accidental”. A misstep by Marissa, but, nonetheless, her report is beneficial in helping to get some of the facts on the table. Joan, you say, “I agree that a national inquiry would do nothing to solve open cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women”, and express concern that such an enquiry would provide “a platform to promote more ambitious political goals”, such as, making “our federal government accountable to FN government”. But, could such enquiry not lead to what you recommend as a solution to the problem, namely, scrap the Indian Act and crap the Gladue.
commented 2015-03-03 12:35:15 -0500
I agree with the editorial here, but I thought Marissa moved a little too much during the presentation. I found the “talking with the hands” a little distracting. A calm body conveys the message better. I also think the camera should focus from the shoulders up. The framing was a little awkward.

And solid colours are best for video.

Please take all this constructively. Please keep going!
commented 2015-03-03 12:30:58 -0500
I agree with you Joan. It is time to abolish the ‘Indian Act’ and free all native Canadians to take up the full responsibilities and benefits of being unfettered Canadian citizens. To support a system that encourages native peoples to live a life less free, less accountable and less rewarded than so called ‘white Canadians’ is nothing short of racism.

Our rallying cry should be; “Free the First Nations! Let them enjoy full Canadian Citizenship NOW!”
commented 2015-03-03 10:53:50 -0500
Truth hurts!
commented 2015-03-03 10:31:28 -0500
I disagree that missing and murdered Aboriginal women is not a tragedy. It is a crime and a tragedy:

But I agree that a national inquiry would do nothing to solve open cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women. In fact, those pushing for it may want to use the issue as a platform to promote more ambitious political goals. Professor ManyGuns says one such goal is to create legislation that will make our federal government accountable to FN government.

The reason FN women and girls are so vulnerable to domestic abuse – and there is no question they are – is because Canada is an apartheid state. Ugly word, ugly truth.

The Indian Act and Gladue treat FN differently than the rest of us. FN abusers are not held to account like non-FN abusers, they are released sooner and that puts their victims at risk. FN policing and tax status allows organized crime to flourish in FN communities, and in addition to tobacco and drugs, that crime includes human trafficking and prostitutuion throughout Canada and abroad.

Given Canada’s apartheid law, FN women and girls are more vulnerable to exploitation, including by non-FN johns who view them as expendable, because their FN pimps sell them to a sadistic underclass for a special price.

Some FN witnesses claim a few RCMP officers delivered FN victims to Picton’s place. Sadistic criminals are represented in all community, all society.

And let’s face it, racism is a fact in our policing and justice institutions. Including the racism of lowered expectations. We need an overhaul of justice in Canada, not just for FN women and girls but for the sake of freedom,democracy and human rights.

While there is little appetite for re-opening the Constitution Act, sigh, maybe it is time to take that bone in our teeth and do our duty to justice under the Charter.

Scrap the Indian Act. Scrap the Gladue.
commented 2015-03-03 10:00:35 -0500
Marissa – a very difficult topic, yet you handled it with compassion, class and based on facts. Sometimes facts hurt, but that is what responsible journalism is. Thank you for net being a stenographer for the special interest groups. Keep up the great work!