Stolen Sisters: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

On Tuesday 15 February 2011 Native America Calling will broadcast a radio talk show regarding Missing and Murdered Women in Vancouver.  The third annual Stolen Sisters Memorial March was held on February 13.  Heads up, we’re not talking about 5 or 6 women who have gone MIA. There are nearly 600 Indigenous women on the list compiled by the Native Women’s Association. Vancouver and the Pacific Northwest is just one of several high kill zones for Indigenous women along the Canada/United States border and the Mexico/United States border. Hundreds of unsolved murders and disappearances of Indigenous women go unsolved, seldom reported in the mainstream media, and ignored by the general population.  Amnesty International has investigated this continuing violence against Indigenous  women.  The question arises of what if these women were white and middle class? Would there then be widespread awareness and public outcry for all the crime prevention units to produce some serious results for ending this murder industry? I don’t know. 

At any rate, Native America Calling’s show will include Angela MacDougall (director of Battered Women Support Services) and Marlene George who organized the annual march. The show is broadcast live 1-2 pm Eastern Time–and will be available online afterwards.  The show streams live online. 

                          http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

For Amnesty International’s report: A Human Rights Response to Discrimination and Violence Against Indigenous Women In Canada:

              http://www.amnesty.ca/stolensisters/amr2000304.pdf

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7 Comments

  1. slpmartin said,

    February 15, 2011 at 3:44 am

    Although I am not surprised by the lack of action on the part of the police to such crime, it is still quite disturbing to me.

    • February 15, 2011 at 4:51 am

      Hello Charles. The numbers and that in some areas distinct types of women seem to be the targets are both very unnerving. Amensty Internatiional’s reports on violence against various Indigenous women raises some very scary questions that perhaps some people would rather not confront.

  2. artistatexit0 said,

    February 15, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    How do you not miss hundreds of people? I’m shocked by this!

    • February 18, 2011 at 1:13 am

      Al, the ‘story’ has been “missed” by us due to lack of extensive media coverage. Perhaps more awareness might motivate law enforcement to seriously address such cases. Spread the shock–awareness is good.

  3. echostains said,

    February 17, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    This is outrageous! I can’t believe nothings being done about this! What about their families? children? I’m gobsmacked :-0

    • February 18, 2011 at 1:16 am

      What a great word, Lynda–“gobsmacked.” Check out the Amenesty International report and your “gob” might “smack” some more. Even on Native America Calling’s program the point was made that if these were white, blonde, blue-eyed women–then there would be more public outrage.

  4. April 24, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    [...] has the stamp of approval from Amnesty International and someone else. It references the fact that First Nations’ women are going missing and/or being found murdered in significant and scary numbers. In the last five years, 580 women were reported missing or found [...]


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