There are so many missing and murdered Aboriginal women in Canada that we’ve developed a shorthand for them – MMIW. People can use this four characters on Twitter when calling for an inquiry into why more than 1600 First Nations, Inuit and Métis women have gone missing without a trace or been murdered in the past 20 years.
The Prime Minister and his Conservative Party say that these are individual crimes, there is no societal problem here.
Rinelle Harper says there’s a societal problem. She stood up and spoke after she was attacked and left for dead. Twice.
And today we have another story that demonstrates the massive problems we have in our system. A story that clearly demonstrates that Aboriginal women are seen as less than.
An RCMP officer took a woman home with him in hopes of having what the news reports call a “romantic relationship” with her. She was intoxicated and he had arrested her, then he drove her to his home.
There are no words. This is the RCMP, our country’s top police force. And this woman meant absolutely nothing more than a joke to them.
He lost seven days of pay for this.
Tell me now again that there is no societal issue here.