It is hypocrisy, and it is to be expected. when one group has held sway for so long, the oppressed ones will off and on revel in their new world. I
don't have a problem with it, as long as they don't preach the kind of hate that Falwell spews towards Islam.
Here is something to chew on. Note: Below where it says 5 times as likely....that's 500% more. Now that's a significant difference.
Author: Chantelle Cherise Dooley
Published on: June 1, 2003
In Canada, approximately 5 percent of the population is made up of aboriginal people (1.5 million to be exact); half of these are women. But even
though native women make up only 2.5% of the nation’s populace, they are five times more likely to die a violent death than any other group of
Canadian women. (1)
In an article written by Lisa Morry for the Chilliwack Times in 2002, the journalist reported on the discovery of female remains on a pig farm in
British Columbia. 50 women had gone missing from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. More than half of these women were of aboriginal descent. The rest
of the nation remained, and still remains, uninformed.
In 1992, three aboriginal women were brutally murdered in Saskatchewan, their bodies stabbed, raped, strangled, even dismembered. To this day, their
murderer, John Martin Crawford, is virtually an unknown criminal in Canada. Having murdered four women in his lifetime (and the number may be higher),
he is listed as a serial killer. In this country, he ranks second only to the prolific child serial killer Clifford Olson. And yet, his arrest, trial
and conviction were just a tiny bleep on the media’s radar. Another serial killer was being prosecuted that year: the infamous Paul Bernardo. He
killed nice middle class girls with his beautiful Barbie-doll wife and video-taped the crimes so that he could watch them over and over again.
Apparently that was real news. Well, it was certainly sensationalism, to say the least.
In his book, Just Another Indian, A Serial Killer and Canada's Indifference, Warren Goulding wrote about the 1992 trial of John Martin Crawford. In
it, he quotes the prosecutor as saying, “Looking at it objectively, there is no reason why the Paul Bernardo case should have received more
publicity than the John Martin Crawford case.” (2) But, as I said, the victims were young, thriving and pretty middle-class girls. Bernardo’s
co-conspirator was his beautiful, blonde wife.
The missing women in Vancouver are most likely all prostitutes and the majority of them are native.
In addition to their vulnerability to sexual and violent predators, aboriginal women share the illustrious honour of being the lowest paid segment of
society in Canada. In a pamphlet released by the government of Saskatchewan during the 1990’s, it was detailed that the average native woman in
Saskatchewan earned approximately $6,000 per annum. This is well below the provincial and national averages. The poverty level for a single person is
approximately $18,000 per annum.
Feminism has been criticized for many years as a sort of “poor little rich girl” movement, or, at the very least, “a poor, little, middle-class,
white girl” movement. When we look at the predicament of the native woman in Canada, it becomes clear that there is more than just a little validity
to this criticism. That is not to say that body image, eating disorders and the “glass ceiling” aren’t important issues for women to discuss and
struggle against. They are.
But we seem to forget that there are some women who are not just pushing the limits of the system in order to allow women onto the illustrious
fast-track. There are women who are so unrecognized by society it doesn’t matter how beautiful, or unbeautiful, they are. There are some women who
are still in the trenches. Their husbands make up the largest percentage of Canadian prisoners. Their children often live in poverty. Sometimes they
need to sell anything they can to survive, including themselves. Yes, there are some women still in the trenches. And they are not in some distant
third world country. They are right here in one of the highest ranked nations on the planet. They are living two blocks down from us; they are living
in a different world. On the prejudiced streets of Regina, the capital of Saskatchewan, there is a name for the mostly native area of the city: They
call it Moccasin Flats.
Racism and sexism, it seems, are still very much alive in Canada. Especially for the nation’s unseen women.
We need to remember the statistics: Only 2.5 percent of the population, yet five times more likely to die a violent death than any other group of
Canadian women; the lowest-paid segment of the Canadian population, earning, on average, only $6,000 every year. More than just remembering, however,
we need to do something about it.
(1) The statistic applies to groups of women between the ages of 25 and 44. This statistic (as well as the information regarding both cases) was taken
from the article Numbers Too Large To Ignore by Lisa Morry, as reported in the Chilliwack Times, April 16, 2002.
(2) Goulding, Warren. Just Another Indian: A Serial Killer & Canada's Indifference. Fifth House; (April 2003).