Equal Adequate Funding & Investigations For MMIWG

Equal Adequate Funding & Investigations For MMIWG

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Catherine Huang started this petition to federal government of canada and

Did you know? If you are an indigenous woman, you are 3 TIMES more likely to be kidnapped or murdered than if you are not. Even worse, more than 40% of reported cases of missing or murdered indigenous women and girls have gone unsolved, compared to the low 20% of unsolved cases that do not involve indigenous women.

Statistics as such are hard to empathize with, so why don’t we take the infamous Robert Pickton case as an example? In February 2002, Robert Pickton confessed his murder count to be 49 victims and a majority of them were indigenous women that had been reported missing for more than half a decade. The disappearances of up to 65 missing indigenous women were apparently not alarming to the Vancouver police force, however, because it wasn’t until 5 years later with constant pressure from still mourning loved ones that the police issued a proper investigation and arrested Robert Pickton on his pig farm. Although this took place almost 2 decades ago, this still proves concerning the dismissal nature of the Federal Government and Law Enforcement that had sworn to protect and serve every and all communities within Canada.

With praises to the changes made in policies since then, we still have very far to go. Considering the consequences, what happens to the children of missing and murdered indigenous women? What of their grieving families? The countless ways that the neglect of cases such as these could negatively impact, not just the future generations of our indigenous communities, but our mindsets, are endless and disturbing. Even today, improper funding from the government and the apathetic safety for those living day to day on welfare only shows perpetrators how much they are able to get away with, and for such a message to be assigned to any group of people within our country is shameful. All that we ask of the Government of Canada is to supply equally adequate investigation, protection and care to the social issue of MMIWG, and not display the same dismissive response our police had shown almost 20 years ago.

From the words of a widely loved character: "The universe shows its true face when it asks for help, we show ours by how we respond." (Doctor Who, 2015)
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TL;DR How can you possibly change the life of a future homicide victim? Care.

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