Skepticism over RCMP numbers on missing and murdered aboriginal women

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

An RCMP report into missing and murdered aboriginal women says native women have been killed at a much higher rate than non-aboriginals, but it also says police have been solving homicides in both groups at almost the same rate.

The overview is the first detailed breakdown of 1,181 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women across Canada since 1980.

The report says police have solved 88% of aboriginal female homicides in that time and 89% of other cases.

Ramona Wilson went missing in 1994 after hitchhiking along BC’s Highway of Tears, and has never been found.

Her sister Brenda Wilson in Prince George, says she doesn’t believe the RCMP’s claim that they solve murders for native and non-native women at about the same rate.

“I don’t see any of the cases in our area that have been solved, absolutely none. And that’s quite a few cases, if they want to count 18, and actually the statistics are higher than that from Prince Rupert to Prince George.

Wilson says she’s not at all surprised that the number of missing and murdered women is so high, and says it’s crucial right now to pursue a national public inquiry to regain equal rights for aboriginals.

Wally Oppal, who oversaw BC’s inquiry into the missing and murdered women relating to the Robert Pickton case, says he’s not so sure about a national effort.

 ”The issues that we raised are really the same issues across the country and that is that the root casuses (are) the poverty, the drug addiction, the poverty and all of those factors. So I think we have to start dealing with those causes and starting putting funding in.”

He says it’s important to hear from the victims’ families because that’s part of the healing process. But he adds right now, governments should focus on addressing the causes behind the violence against aboriginal women.

Comments

  1. There is absolutely no need for a national inquiry into this subject. The causes are well known already. What needs to be done is for the First Nations and others step up and deal with the local issue. Obviously the first nations, certainly in BC, want to keep the status quo (largely to the benefit of hereditary chiefs) and refuse to agree to initiatives to allow industry to be introduce, and that could resolve some of the poverty issues.

  2. after lisening to the redarick , I would have to ask who is responceable for the deaths , out of the 80 % solved cases , Are the killers whites , or their own people ?

    • George: go back to your “occupy movement” mentality, your comments (as much as you would like them to be) are totally irrelevant on this issue. You can’t blame money or “whitey” for everything.

  3. We can’t fix their society’ they have to do it themselves. And their merely repeating the mantra that they wish to regain equal rights is absolute “barnyard droppings”. They have a special status; I only wish they had equal rights.
    Isn’t it time that they realized it is not only stupid but dangerous to hitchhike; especially on lonely roads running through a forest? As much as I would like to see those warped individuals that kill anyone in premeditated manner called to justice (and if I could trust the courts, I would include the death penalty – natural life as a substitute), there are times the victims have to take some personal responsibility for their own safety. And for the mindless, PC ones that want to say I’m blaming the victim, that is not what I am saying; I’m saying at times you have to realize that the police can’t protect everyone at all times and take steps to ensure your own safety first.
    Mr. Wilson; your aboriginal entitlements don’t abrogate you from this.

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