Thursday, February 18, 2016

Native American women vanishing in Canada

Xochitl, Ashley Wells, Wisdom Quarterly; Joanna Jolly Red River Women (BBC); LA Weekly
Canadian PM Kevin Trudeau addressed the Assembly of First Nations in Quebec (BBC).
BBC SPECIAL REPORT: The [Raped and] Missing "Red River Women" (ENTER)
I don't want to be like him, a hypocrite.
The number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada since 1980 may be as high as 4,000 -- far more than previous estimates of 1,200, the federal government has said.
The minister for the status of women said there were no accurate figures because of a lack of hard data. But Patty Hajdu said research from the Native Women's Association of Canada (NWAC) put it at more than 4,000.
Who cares? They're Indians. We're fine.
A national inquiry is due to begin shortly. Ms. Hajdu and Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett have been speaking to survivors and relatives across Canada.
The inquiry was a key election pledge by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during the campaign last year. The often cited 1,200 figure came from a 2014 Royal Canadian Mounted Police report on the missing women, related to the period between 1980 and 2012.
Nanook of the North (Tanya Tagaq)
"During those discussions, the ministers have heard from participants that they believe the number of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls is higher than 1,200," Ms. Bennett said.

In December 2015, Canadian authorities charged a man in the death of one indigenous girl whose murder caused a national outcry.
[White] Raymond Cormier, 53, was charged with second-degree murder in the death of [indigenous child] Tina Fontaine, 15, who was found dead in 2014 in Canada's Red River.
A BBC investigation in April revealed that dozens of aboriginal women disappear each year, with many later found dead in the river. More
  • Former cop David Paulides has another theory
Why people keep vanishing from Los Angeles buses and rail
Hso Hkam (, Feb. 11 and Feb. 2, 2016)
(Feb. 2) The vision of a transit-centric L.A. was always further away than the politicians made it seem. Now, after billions of taxpayer dollars have been spent, even fewer people are taking L.A. buses and trains. In this video, top experts -- Metro riders -- explain what the heck the problem is. Read the full story: "10 Ways to Lure People Onto Metro's Half-Empty Trains and Buses" and watch the VIDEO.

VIDEO: (Feb. 11) If one does ride public transit, how about taking an "Adventure on the Red Lin: NoHo to Little Tokyo, Los Angeles"? Explorer Dora takes us on a Metro Red Line ride -- with stops at downtown LA's Grand Central Market and Little Tokyo along the way. Read the full story: "Something Cool To Do At Every Stop on The Metro Red Line."

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