Missing and murdered. Leah Anderson, 15 years old... and others

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Missing and murdered. Leah Anderson, 15 years old... and others

CBC Aboriginal has a series on missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls.

Lea Anderson's family think her muderer is still in the community, as the ice road out had been closed.


Issues Pages: 

A BBC online documentary piece: On the trail of the murdered and missing - why have so many of Winnipeg's Aboriginal women and girls been killed? Story in text, images and video: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/resources/idt-dc75304f-e77c-4125-aacf-83e7714a...


A murdered Inuit woman in Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal:


The photo shows Nellie Angutiguluk in happier times.




What a relief. Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Whitehorse yesterday and shared with the territory a fresh insight: the plight of missing and murdered aboriginal women in Canada is not, in fact, a “sociological phenomenon.” Rather, the root of the problem is that we simply haven’t locked enough people away in prison.

“We should view it as crime,” Harper said. “It is crime against innocent people, and it needs to be addressed as such.”

What a remarkably stupid position for the prime minister to take. These comments were offered as Harper’s rationale as to why a national inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women is, in his view, not needed. Marian Horne, president of the Yukon Aboriginal Women’s Council, has rightfully deplored this take.

She’s far from alone. Harper’s opposition to an inquest stands in contrast to all other federal parties, save his own, and all Yukon parties. Heck, even Harper’s MP for the Yukon, Ryan Leef, has publicly called for an inquiry, in a rare case of him veering from the party line.



'stupidity outbreak'..... omg.



He did make that stop in Saskatoon, and that announcement:

"We will take action to ensure that never again will a woman in need be turned away from a shelter"


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The reporting of this Harper failure has been dismal:


The database was started and maintained by the Sisters in Spirit up until their federal funding was cut by Rona Ambrose and the Harper government in 2010. At that time, it was announced that the money was better spent by giving the project to the RCMP. None of this NOT SO DEEP background was touched upon by the media.




Here's what I don't understand about these cases. The Mr. Big sting is still a legal tactic the police can use to solve murders in Canada. It's also very common knowledge that many women who are murdered were murdered by an intimate partner. Surely in the course of the investigation the RCMP must have at least some names of people they would consider suspects, even if they don't have much hard evidence to go on. What is stopping them from making friends with some of these guys and waiting until they share the details?