The Part About The Crimes
December 8, 2015 5:17 PM   Subscribe

On the heels of Canada's announcement of a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, CBC will be tweeting every 6 minutes over 24 hours the names, photos and cases of over 250 women under the hashtag #MMIW.
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posted by Fizz at 5:29 PM on December 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


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The excellent post title just makes me more depressed.
posted by shakespeherian at 5:54 PM on December 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


Pulling on the thread of MMIW will hopefully expose more about the domestic sex trafficking rings involved. Police may be implicated in some cases.
posted by anthill at 6:18 PM on December 8, 2015 [2 favorites]


The former Prime Minister really, really, really didn't want this. Let's all find out why.
posted by Jessica Savitch's Coke Spoon at 6:44 PM on December 8, 2015 [16 favorites]


The former Prime Minister really, really, really didn't want this. Let's all find out why.

Because piece of shit politician knows that its easier to pass the buck than deal with a systemic problem of this nature.
posted by Fizz at 6:50 PM on December 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


I've been cynical. The start of some new transparencies might make us less cynical.
posted by ovvl at 8:07 PM on December 8, 2015


The former Prime Minister really, really, really didn't want this. Let's all find out why.

It doesn't require a belief that Harper and/or his party personally have something to hide to be disgusted by their cavalier dismissal of this national calamity. This kind of casual misogyny and racism is just a normal part of their world-view and SOP.

However, as much as I can't stand Harper, I'd argue that attributing some hidden-agenda to his party's willfull indifference to this tragedy diminishes, and possibly cheapens, how pathetically sad Canada's approach to this nightmare has been.

I've mentioned here before that one of my high-school girlfreinds was a victim of Robert Pickton. I have followed how Canadian authorities deal with missing women for nearly two decades. Trust me when I say that this kind of systemic dismissal of violence toward women and First Nations hasn't been restricted to either Harper, or the Conservative Party, in the past.
posted by PareidoliaticBoy at 8:21 PM on December 8, 2015 [11 favorites]


Police may be implicated in some cases.

Normally I'm not a big fan of mandatory minimums, but I think it would be a good thing if police faced double the penalty for breaking any given law.
posted by el io at 10:37 PM on December 8, 2015 [3 favorites]


The excellent post title just makes me more depressed.

I had literally just finished reading 2666 (for the first time) last night around midnight, sat up until 4am mulling it over in my head, leafing through the physical book, reading others interpretations of it online, went to sleep and woke up to all this news so, yeah, something of a mindfuck.

I've had the twitter feed open in a tab since the afternoon, occasionally glancing up. (4) (24) (8) (11). Click.

Took a break, went to the movies. Standing outside afterwards smoking tucked into a doorway from the pouring rain. A small native lady walked by, mumbling to herself "Stay away, stay away from me, I have a knife in my pocket."

oh, (3)
posted by mannequito at 1:05 AM on December 9, 2015 [1 favorite]


I was having a discussion with a friend about all the #MMIW and my friend said something that I've heard many people say in response to this issue:
Do you think that this kind of injustice would occur if the missing were white?
We all know the answer to this question: no. There would be inquiries, more funding provided to the relevant agencies and groups, the media would be covering it an in even more in-depth way than they already are. It's sad that these women, these families, friends, and loved ones have suffered so much. What will it take for this to be taken seriously? I realize that I'm also complicit in many ways. It's easy to just click on the next page, to scroll a bit further.

*sighs*

I did contact my MP and write an e-mail asking why nothing is being done to help these people. Will see what kind of a response it generates. I'm not expecting much.
posted by Fizz at 4:10 PM on December 9, 2015


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