Monday, May 5, 2014

Canada's shameful neglect of native women

The Harper gang doesn't miss too many opportunities to toot its horn about the many wonderful initiatives they have underwritten to improve the welfare of women and children worldwide. Here's a press release from the Department of Foreign Affairs website a few days ago; Canadian Leadership Saving the Lives of Women and Children Around the World.

A couple of days later we are advised Canadian Leadership Saving Lives of Women and Children in sub-Saharan Africa.

And today we learn Canadian leadership improving maternal health and newborn nutrition around the world.

That's a lot of leadership! Our very own Harper gang must be the most virtuous in the entire world when it comes to improving the lot of women and children... or at least when it comes to grandstanding on the issue.

But when it comes to native women and children right here in Canada, all that altruism goes right out the window.

Stephen Maher of Postmedia News points out the Harper gang's blind spot in an article today about the complete absence of concern over the stunning revelation that 1186 native women have gone missing or been murdered in Canada over the past few decades.

Canada is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It is good that we care about improving the lives of women and children in sub-Saharan Africa...

But it's difficult to square that concern with the refusal to so much as call an inquiry into the fate of those 1186.

Institutionalized racism at its most obvious.

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