Yet another murdered indigenous woman - studying this very issue

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lagatta
Yet another murdered indigenous woman - studying this very issue

I don't know where to put this latest tragedy, under (anti) feminism, Aboriginal issues, activism or here in news.

Loretta Saunders homicide sparks call by native group for public inquiry

Inuk student was studying missing and murdered aboriginal women

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/loretta-saunders-homicide-spar...

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/loretta-saunders-vigil-draws-h...

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Just about every forum could take the matter up.

onlinediscountanvils

Darryl Leroux: [url=http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/honour-loretta/21987]In Honour of Loretta[/url]

I reread her thesis proposal last night and was reminded of how deeply she was aware of being a product of a Canadian society intent on destroying and eliminating indigenous peoples.

lagatta
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Leroux's tribute is worth quoting at length, perhaps the whole damn thing:

I refuse to speculate about Loretta’s death. What I do know is that our society has discarded indigenous women and girls in much the same manner for generations. These people were playing out a script that we all know intimately, but never acknowledge. I told a good friend of mine yesterday that there’s no conspiracy, there’s no mystery, Loretta will show up in a ditch like so many indigenous women before her. He was taken aback. I told him that's the pattern. 

It's our doing, which Loretta articulated so clearly in her writing -- theft of land base, legalized segregation and racism, residential schools for several generations, continued dispossession = social chaos.

It is a recipe for disaster for indigenous peoples, and especially indigenous women. Who suffers most when access to land, to the ecological order at the basis of most indigenous societies, is limited, controlled, or outright eliminated? Is that not what’s at the basis of a settler society like our own, eliminating indigenous peoples' relationship to the land (and/or their actual bodies), so that can we plunder it for our gain?

See also: A Gedenkschrift for Loretta Saunders

Her advisor Darryl Leroux, called her proposal:

 "… the most beautifully written and cared-for assignment I had ever read in seven years of university teaching, evaluating literally thousands of assignments."

 Leroux wrote to Saunders to tell her:

"You have the writing, researching and analytical skills of somebody who is on their way to receive a PhD. You can accomplish whatever you like academically. Our world needs more people like you Loretta; please keep reading and writing about whatever you’re most passionate about. I will do everything I can to support your efforts to become the intellectual and community leader you are meant to be."

 

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onlinediscountanvils wrote:

Darryl Leroux: [url=http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/honour-loretta/21987]In Honour of Loretta[/url]

I reread her thesis proposal last night and was reminded of how deeply she was aware of being a product of a Canadian society intent on destroying and eliminating indigenous peoples.

Amazing, heartbreaking, thank you (I think...) oda.

 

lagatta

From APTN News: Harper government unmoved as opposition MPs press for missing, murdered Indigenous women inquiry

http://aptn.ca/news/2014/02/27/harper-government-unmoved-opposition-mps-...         

No surprise how utterly vile they are.

http://nationsrising.org/dont-be-tricked/

Quote: If you are an Indigenous woman, don’t be tricked into thinking you are any more safe than any of our other sisters out there. You’re not. The system and most Canadians don’t give a shit about you, how strong and talented you are, how hard you’ve worked, or where you live. If you are an Indigenous woman, you are a prime target for colonial violence.

Roméo Saganash: https://www.facebook.com/RomeoSaganash/posts/714163218634693

lagatta

Native Women's Association communiqué (about several missing or murdered women): http://www.nwac.ca/press-release-immediate-release-2014-02-28-en

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On Denial and Distraction: Common Responses to Colonial Violence

You may have read my two previous posts about Loretta Saunders, my former honours student at Saint Mary’s University. I wrote the first one in the midst of a frantic search for her two days after her family, friends, and I realized she was missing; the second came about 12 hours after finding out the devastating news of Loretta’s murder.

I’m writing this current piece as a reflection on some of the responses to Loretta’s murder and/or my writing about Loretta. As such, it’s meant to be part of my own healing process, and also a contribution to the struggle against violence directed at indigenous women. I’ve added a section at the very end with a number of resources....

http://halifax.mediacoop.ca/story/denial-and-distraction-violence-coloni...