Archive for December, 2012

On Monday December 17th, the Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry report by Wally Oppal will be released by the provincial government to the public.

Monday December 17th from 8:30 am till 2 pm
In the courtyard between the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue and Delta Vancouver Suites.
(courtyard on Seymour Street between 550 and 580 West Hastings)
Vancouver, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Bring drums and candles.

Come support family members – many of whom were initially denied travel assistance – who have only a few hours to review the report before it is made public.

The Missing Women’s Inquiry has been a sham inquiry since the beginning – the voices and experiences of DTES residents, Aboriginal organizations, and womens groups were shut out, family members needs and wishes have been and continue to be blatantly disregarded and disrespected, and the proceedings overly favoured and protected the police and police evidence. Even the Independent Counsel for Aboriginal Interests, appointed by the Commission itself, withdrew from the proceedings.

This sham inquiry has continued the marginalization of those whom it was supposed to serve: women, particularly Indigenous women, from the DTES. Women in the DTES and Indigenous women across these lands continue to go missing or be murdered as a result of gendered violence, poverty, racism, and colonialism.

The BC Missing Women’s Commission of Inquiry has been a disgrace, a betrayal, and a systemic failure. We affirm our support for family members and affected communities and reaffirm the call for full national inquiry as well as an independent international inquiry.

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