PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA ON THE INVESTIGATION OF UNSOLVED CASES OF MISSING/MURDERED FIRST NATIONS WOMEN sign now

To: THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA A PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA
ON THE INVESTIGATION OF UNSOLVED CASES OF MISSING/MURDERED FIRST
NATIONS WOMEN OF THIS COUNTRY

In light of the fact of our nation's apparent disregard of the
recommendations made by the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of (1999) in
Manitoba; including the shameful behavior of law inforcement in
Vancouver, BC resulting in many unnecessary deaths of known missing
women; the fact that many of those are First Nations women; We, the
undersigned appeal to the Governing agencies of Canada with the
following petition.


PETITION:

The Aboriginal Justice Inquiry of Manitoba was created in response to
two specific incidents in late 1987 and early 1988. The 1987 incident
involved the rape and murder of Helen Betty Osborne of The Pas
Manitoba, and the investigation and trial that followed.

The Conclusions of the Inquiry are in quotation marks and are as
follows. We have made particular emphasis to specific conclusions and
recommendations:

"We realize, of course, that much has changed in the years since
Betty Osborne's life was taken in 1971. The segregation in the school
lunch-room, the bars and the movie theatre has, we understand, ended.
Still, much more must be done.

If the two communities make a real and concerted effort to eradicate
the separation, things will inevitably improve. The non-Aboriginal
community must learn to respect Aboriginal people and their culture.
Instead of looking at the Aboriginal people only as consumers, the
business community should be offering them employment in stores and
businesses. It is surprising even to see how few Aboriginal people
are employed in the shopping mall located on the reserve. If
Aboriginal people are to become self-sufficient, those in control of
business have to make a greater effort to provide them with an
opportunity to work. Government may have to take the lead by
employing greater numbers of Aboriginal people in all government
offices. We believe that quotas should be used so that Aboriginal
people receive preference in employment until the numbers employed
are representative of the numbers living in a community. Not only
could the provincial government do this in its own offices, but it
could require the same policy be followed by all Crown agencies and
by all companies with which it does business.

The pervasive separation and discrimination that existed in The Pas
in 1971 shows the need for increasing the involvement of the
Aboriginal peoples in the institutions of mainstream Canada. Would
the case have come more quickly to a conclusion if more Aboriginal
persons were in the police? Or in the Crown Prosecutor's office?Of
course, we have no way of knowing and it is pointless to speculate.
But it is a fact that it was the special effort made by Constable
Urbanoski which brought those involved to court. This may be due in
part to changes in police practice. It is only recently that the
police have resorted to the use of newspaper advertisements and
television shows such as "Crime Stoppers." But it is also possible
that, had there been Aboriginal persons involved in the investigation
and prosecution, the necessary extra effort might have been
forthcoming earlier. We do not know if that is so. We cannot know. We
believe that only if the justice system employs more Aboriginal
persons will such questions be avoided in the future. Until it does,
such doubts and suspicions will continue to arise. It is an
inescapable fact that the Osborne case demonstrates that the justice
system must employ many more Aboriginal persons. And it must do so
immediately. In the other volume of our report we discuss more
specifically how this process might begin.

It is clear that Betty Osborne would not have been killed if she had
not been Aboriginal. The four men who took her to her death from the
streets of The Pas that night had gone looking for an Aboriginal girl
with whom to "party." They found Betty Osborne. When she refused to
party she was driven out of town and murdered. Those who abducted her
showed a total lack of regard for her person or her rights as an
individual. Those who stood by while the physical assault took place,
while sexual advances were made and while she was being beaten to
death showed their own racism, sexism and indifference. Those who
knew the story and remained silent must share their guilt. "

(Reference the following website for the complete report:
http://www.ajic.mb.ca/volume.html)

We the undersigned:

1. Maintain that little, if anything has been done to implement the
recommendations of the inquiry referenced above. ... The mass numbers
of unresolved cases of missing or murdered First Nations women in
Canada is testimony to the validity of this statement. There are an
estimated 500 such cases in Canada since Helen Betty Osborne was
murdered, most of which remain unsolved. These cases are often filed
in the "cold case files" much earlier than in cases involving non-
native women. We disagree that "much has changed in the years since
Betty Osborne's life was taken in 1971";

2. Believe there appears to be a war against First Nations women in
this country and little is being done about it by those sworn in to
protect ALL citizens of this country. Family members of missing women
in our communities report that months and even years after their
loved ones have disappeared, visits to their local RCMP show that the
files appear to be untouched. Investigations at times, are at most,
shabby. Some investigations are at best shabby and appear to be
undertaken grudgingly;

3.Maintain that ALL cases of missing women MUST be investigated
thoroughly and quickly regardless of race;

4. Maintain that much more could and should be done in regards to
exposure of these cases in order to enlighten the general public and
possibly lead to a speedy resolution;

5. Maintain the RCMP and other investigative Law Enforcement agencies
within this country dismiss these cases much earlier than they do
cases involving non-native women;

6. Submit to you that racism continues within these agencies and
results in society's lack of understanding of this situation, as well
as the unspoken approval that it is ok to harm or even murder a First
Nations woman. We feel the need for ongoing sensitivity training be
provided to ALL law enforcement agencies and should be mandatory for
ALL police officers/investigators.

We urge the Canadian government to immediately investigate WHY these
cases are not actively investigated, professionally handled nor
resolved as quickly, if ever, as are similar cases of serious crime.
We urge the Canadian government to conclude, as we have, the need for
the recommendations of the Manitoba inquiry to be implemented and, if
they are not implemented, to show cause as to why you feel they are
unnecessary.


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