“Raising awareness about cat welfare is a good look for your husband’s upcoming campaign strategy. Don’t you think supporting government action on missing and murdered indigenous women in this country would be a better look?”
— Hailey King, the 21yo university student who interrupted Laureen Harper (wife of Canadian PM Harper) during her opening speech announcing her “Just for Cats: Internet Cat Video Festival” last night. Laureen responded, “We’re raising money for animals tonight. If you’d like to donate to animals, we’d love to take your money…That’s a great cause, perhaps another night. Tonight we’re here for homeless cats!” [source] (via randomactsofchaos)
I find it rather interesting (and counter-intuitive) that those so concerned about the plight of these women also foster animosity between indigenous peoples and police forces. If you want to prevent any more women from going missing and/or murdered logic would dictate that you would want to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and other state/legal apparatuses, as they would be the ones capable of finding and bringing to justice those committing these atrocious acts. Instead of adopting a practical approach to solving this issue, these activists want yet another commission established in an attempt to vindicate their viewpoint that past acts of state violence against the indigenous peoples of Canada are what is responsible for this tragedy, making the state seem more culpable for these murders than the social isolation, corruption, alcoholism and drug addiction that is fostered on the native reserves of this country. If these protesters want to enact any positive change for these women (who are being used as yet another vessel for leftists to bash the Harper government, this time essentially labeling them as Einsatzgruppen against indigenous women) encouraging better cooperation and resources for the RCMP and other policing agencies to help solve these murder/missing person investigations. Better yet, why not abolish the reservation system and allow the Indigenous peoples of Canada to become fully integrated economically and socially with the rest of the nation while not having to live with the corruption and misspending of “leaders” like Theresa Spence?
Dear Ignorant Self-Assured Settler,
you might wanna do some research before you get up on your soapbox.
- Theresa Spence & the administration of Attawapiskat First Nation are not corrupt and in fact have historically been doing a pretty ok job at trying to tread water considering their legal/financial limitations so quit using her as some kind of symbol of Corrupt Indian Chiefs Everywhere and Native incapability of managing our own nations
- proposing the dissolution of reserves and the forcible assimilation of Native peoples is really ignorant, offensive, and racist because it’s part of a colonial logic that strips indigenous peoples of our land rights and cultures (which are land-based), to the benefit of settlers (who seem to crave some kind of “multicultural” society operating under the myth that people living in the same city all have the same opportunities and services available to them…and who of course also are very interested in the privatization of tribal lands for resources extraction, resort/home construction, etc—see Dawes Act for historic example)
- epidemics of what is largely settler-perpetrated violence are totally tied to histories of colonial genocide
- the RCMP are totally complicit in the violence, not just because they don’t make themselves available to Native woman survivors of violence, or because Native women don’t feel safe going to them due to past histories of violence, or because they don’t pay attention to cases of violence against Native women, or because they don’t take proactive steps to ensure safety for Native women (a subsidized bus on the Highway of Tears 30 years ago would have saved a lot of lives!), but because they are also often the perpetrators of additional violence
- the Canadian government is not interested in exploring the roots of violence against indigenous women and has recently not only ignored a UN call to address the issue, but has actually defunded critical programs looking into the situation (despite the passionate efforts of indigenous communities to work with government agencies on this for the last 30 years)
- there are lots of indigenous-led organizations that work with federal governments, and pretty much every First Nation & tribe is required to do so when they deal with legal/jurisdictional issues in providing services & safety for the women in their communities (which colonial governments are not very supportive or helpful with to say the least; see VAWA 2013 tribal stipulation controversy)
- indigenous nations should have the sovereignty to have their own police forces (most of them do), and they should have the jurisdiction to provide support to enrolled members and those in their community who experience violence; why should we have to go to the FBI or RCMP, when it’s clear that they are a major source of the problem? why is it assumed that we are incapable of providing justice ourselves?
so anyways, long story short dude, you’re really ignorant and don’t know shit about any of this. you’re also an asshole for deciding that a post criticizing Laureen Harper’s response to a question regarding MMIW warranted such stupid input—“ha ha stupid fuckin Indians hurting over thousands of women missing and murdered from their communities, imma tell em how to deal with the problem bc they’re obviously too angry and bitter to know anything about the proper way to understand a complex legacy of their own colonial genocide and occupation.”
next time you feel like opening your mouth, remember us angry bitter stupid Indians know a thing or two you don’t :)
Native Woman Who Works in a Government-Sponsored Organization Fighting Violence Against Native Women