‘Stop Blaming ALL Canadians’

“Rinelle is a typical female aboriginal victim of violence, in that her alleged attackers were also aboriginal. When aboriginal women are battered or murdered, the perpetrator is their male partner in the overwhelming majority of the cases. That partner is almost always aboriginal. Aboriginal women are also far more likely to be battered or murdered by their partners than are non-aboriginal women.”

“The problem is well known, but rather than concentrating on the massive problem of aboriginal male violence to women, aboriginal leaders insist on trying to focus on the tiny fraction of female victims of violence who are missing and may have been murdered by non-aboriginal men…”ERBLStopBlamingALLCanadians800x800

‘Aboriginal women bloodied every day’

“In his bold article, Gordon Sinclair asks, ‘So chief, where are you now?’ (July 25) in relation to the tragic case of Rinelle Harper. Rinelle is the aboriginal girl who was viciously attacked and beaten by an aboriginal man and a male aboriginal youth. 

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/so-chief-where-are-you-now-318523121.html

“The Harper family home in Garden Hill was later burned to the ground, in what is suspected to be an act of arson.

“The chiefs used Rinelle as a prop in their ongoing demand for an inquiry into the cases of missing aboriginal women, but then apparently lost interest in her when she was of no further political use to them. Sinclair’s question deserves an answer. He exposes the hypocrisy of the aboriginal leadership in Rinelle’s case. But there are other questions that should also be asked of the chiefs, and the hypocrisy does not end there.

“Rinelle is a typical female aboriginal victim of violence, in that her alleged attackers were also aboriginal. When aboriginal women are battered or murdered, the perpetrator is their male partner in the overwhelming majority of the cases. That partner is almost always aboriginal. Aboriginal women are also far more likely to be battered or murdered by their partners than are non-aboriginal women. Centre For Gender Advocacy“It was my experience as a judge sitting in court that when the batterers were brought to court for sentencing, they invariably blamed alcohol, a bad upbringing, or almost any other excuse that came to mind, rather than accepting personal responsibility for their actions. Recidivism rates were thus very high.

“The problem is well known, but rather than concentrating on the massive problem of aboriginal male violence to women, aboriginal leaders insist on trying to focus on the tiny fraction of female victims of violence who are missing and may have been murdered by non-aboriginal men. To be fair to the chiefs (some of whom are women) and other aboriginal leaders, there are some people within the aboriginal community who have long recognized the problem of male violence to women as a major issue, and who have been taking steps to address it.

“For example, the “moose patch” initiative in British Columbia, in which men wear small patches of moose hide prominently on their clothing to draw awareness to the problem of male violence, is a highly creative and worthy program. But these initiatives are few and far between, and I think it is fair to say the public message that comes from the chiefs is one that attempts to find fault with others in relation to missing women, rather than confronting the much larger problem of male violence to women within their communities.

“So my question for the chiefs is this: If the concern truly is the safety of aboriginal women, why are you not focusing attention on the alarming numbers of aboriginal women who are being bloodied on a daily basis by their violent partners, and instead, fixating only on the one per cent that involve an unknown assailant? 

Derek Nepinak (ADRIAN WYLD - CANADIAN PRESS)
Derek Nepinak (ADRIAN WYLD – CANADIAN PRESS)

“In the cases of the missing women, their grieving family members certainly deserve answers. However, we know most of these answers from previous inquiries.

“Most of the missing women are vulnerable to predators, such as Robert Pickton, because they live high-risk lives as street prostitutes. There is a disproportionate number of these sad women who are aboriginal for the same reasons that there are grossly disproportionate numbers of aboriginal children in the child welfare system, grossly disproportionate numbers of aboriginal men and women in jail, and on and on. Those awful numbers are the legacy of our Indian Act and reserve system, which have spawned the chronic dependence that leads directly to social pathologies.

“We also know that conviction rates for murder in missing women cases that are solved are virtually identical for aboriginal and non-aboriginal female victims. So we have these answers. What is not understood is why, in the case of the overwhelming majority of female aboriginal victims of violence, such a shockingly large number of aboriginal men treat their partners in such an utterly disrespectful manner.

“Male violence to women in general society stubbornly hangs on as a serious problem that refuses to go away. However, in the aboriginal community it is a crippling problem. Aboriginal women are an at-risk demographic, and they deserve an inquiry. The aboriginal community simply must address this problem in order to move on.

“However, I suggest that it would be wrong to limit the inquiry to the cases of missing women. The inquiry should examine the whole vexing problem of violence done to aboriginal women, and not just target the government and police agencies. It should shine the spotlight on the only people who can provide the remedy — the violent male offenders.”

–‘Aboriginal women bloodied every day’,
Brian Giesbrecht, Winnipeg Free Press, August 25, 2015
(Brian Giesbrecht was a provincial court judge from 1976 until 2007. He is now retired.)

http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/opinion/analysis/aboriginal-women-bloodied-every-day-322778351.html 
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RCMP Report:
‘Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women: A National Operational Overview’  

http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/pubs/mmaw-faapd-eng.pdf

NelsonFrom Grand Chief Terrance Nelson’s response:

“That the Winnipeg Free Press is allowing a former Judge to write an article is important, hopefully that Judge will hear from people who take issue with the racism that he displays in his article. Perhaps other Judges who are still sitting in the court room, passing judgement on ‘First Nations’ people, can take some time to examine their own beliefs and be open to being judged as to their own racism… Did Geisbrecht sit on the Court Bench for 31 years with the blame the victim attitude, and what does that say for Judges in Manitoba?

“…Just telling the Chiefs and Councils to force the men to treat women better is a racist statement if Judges and others are not willing to accept their own responsibility in protecting a system that has not worked for decades and decades. More gangs, more violence, it is a choice… Brian Geisbrecht lays the blame only on the ‘First Nations’.”
–Terrance Nelson

https://www.facebook.com/terrance.nelson.75/posts/10153106886506814We Want An Inquiry - Photo by Media IndigenaFB“There have been more than 40 studies on the plight of murdered and missing aboriginal women.”

“So said Susan Truppe, Parliamentary Secretary for ‘Status of Women’ and Conservative MP for London North Centre, during ‘Question Period’ on February 27, 2015

“Susan Truppe joins fellow MPs in claiming there have been 40 studies on murdered and missing aboriginal women. They are correct. At least 58 studies on this topic exist since 1994.

http://www.leaf.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Spreadsheet-summary-of-reports1.pdf

“The same number has been given by Peter Mackay, the justice minister, by Kellie Leitch, minister of labour and status of women, and by fellow Conservative MPs Joy Smith, Lois Brown, Stella Ambler, and Robert Goguen…

“A February 2015 report by the ‘Legal Strategy Coalition on Violence Against Indigenous Women’ counted 58 studies in 20 years since 1994. Forty of these have been used by the government, in a non-exhaustive list, to support its position. The remaining 18 were added by the coalition…”

{NOTE: Only five of these studies called for a national inquiry and one of those was from the Assembly of ‘First Nations’. It would seem that none of them had the perspective and awareness to suggest ending segregation and race law  – quite the opposite. Here’s one example:

“The report identifies assimilation (i.e. culture and identity loss) and residential schools as causes for the violence.”  

–‘Susan Truppe: ‘There have been more than 40 studies on the plight of murdered and missing aboriginal women’,

Dana Wagner, FactsCan, March 15, 2015

http://factscan.ca/susan-truppe-there-have-been-more-than-40-studies-on-the-plight-of-murdered-and-missing-aboriginal-women/Colonization and Genocide BlameThe Aboriginal Industry is still using this young woman:

‘Every day is a gift’, Rinelle Harper says in speech one year after brutal attack’

“Nearly one year after the attack she so narrowly survived, Rinelle Harper addressed Alberta’s first national gathering on missing and murdered indigenous women, telling guests “every day is a gift”… Speaking at the ‘Spirit of Our Sisters’ gala in Edmonton…which is sponsored in part by The Globe and Mail…

“Edmonton is home to the country’s second-largest urban indigenous population, behind Winnipeg…

“Other gala speakers included actress Tantoo Cardinal, who appeared in ‘Dances with Wolves’ and ‘Legends of the Fall’, and pageant winner Lisa Ground, a domestic-violence survivor and the mother of the first ‘First Nations’ ‘Mrs. Universe’, Ashley Callingbull. Ms. Callingbull was also present and is slated to address the conference Wednesday.

“Dozens of people from across the country are participating in the conference at the ‘Fantasyland Hotel’, attached to the West Edmonton Mall…”

–‘Every day is a gift’, Rinelle Harper says in speech one year after brutal attack’,
KATHRYN BLAZE BAUM, Toronto Globe and Mail, Sept. 29, 2015

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/everyday-is-a-gift-rinelle-harper-says-in-speech-one-year-after-brutal-attack/article26595501/

ConferenceSee Also:
‘One Race’s Shocking Exploitation… (Rinelle Harper)’ {December 10, 2014}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/570717916363779/?type=1ERBLOneRacesShockingExploitationOfGirlsTragicAttack600x600And:
‘Two charged with attempted murder in Rinelle Harper case’: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/Two-males-facing-charges-of-attempted-murder-against-Rinelle-Harper-282422501.htmlERBLWeKnowWhosKillingAboriginalWomenFINAL600x600For more on this topic:

‘Native violence starts at home, RCMP say’ {June 22, 2015}: https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/642177515884485/?type=3

‘Most murdered and missing aboriginal women victims of indigenous perpetrators: RCMP’ {April 14, 2015}: https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/posts/618485708253666:0

‘Minister Valcourt Lets Slip the Truth’ {March 25, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/611594672276103/?type=1

‘Chiefs Demand Firing of Minister’ {April 5, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/615229545245949/?type=1

‘MISSING WOMEN?’ {February 27, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/601712996597604/?type=1

‘Government Help for Aboriginal Women’ {April 20, 2015}:
https://www.facebook.com/ENDRACEBASEDLAW/photos/a.336196793149227.59519.332982123470694/620470374721866/?type=1
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IMAGE: Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, left to right, speaks with Rinelle Harper and A’FN’ National Chief Perry Bellegarde as they wait for the ‘National Roundtable on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls’ to begin in Ottawa on Friday, February 27, 2015. (Adrian Wyld / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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