Winnipeg Free Press - ONLINE EDITION
Posted: 02/13/2013 10:39 AM | Comments: 0
This year’s march to remember missing and murdered women is taking on an Idle No More aspect, with morning rush-hour rallies at busy intersections downtown on Thursday. In addition, there will be an evening march, with marchers gathering at Young United Church, 100-222 Furby Street at 5:30 p.m.
In Winnipeg, organizers said through Facebook postings that supporters are being called to downtown intersections from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. to rally for the event. The event is marked with the signature logo of the Idle No More movement that rose to national prominence late last year in the wake of controversy over federal omnibus budget bills.
This year, the focus is on action, with community groups and aboriginal leaders expected to repeat calls for a national inquiry on some 600 missing and murdered women in Canada. There are similar events in cities across the country.
Amid cold-case investigations in deaths and disappearances going back decades in prairie provinces like Manitoba, the emphasis this year is on widening the scope of responsibility for, and the perpetuation of violence against, aboriginal women.
The latest report on the issue, by the Human Rights Watch, finds serious fault with the Mounties, for failing to protect aboriginal women from violence.
The 89-page report, Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada, documents both ongoing police failures to protect indigenous women and girls in the north from violence and violent behavior by police officers against women and girls.
Police failures and abuses add to longstanding tensions between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and indigenous communities in the region, Human Rights Watch said on its website.
Have you found an error, or know of something we’ve missed in one of our stories? Please use the form below and let us know.
Having problems with the form?Contact Us Directly
Sinclair issues challenge to help heal pain of schools
Man receives 40-month sentence for involvement in drug-dealing network
Pimicikamak meeting with mediator, MB Hydro
New hydro station complete
U of W students approve U-Pass; U of M holding similar vote
RCMP looking for suspect in homicide
Man facing drug charges after raid on Maryland
Gas bills to go up by about $43
Police raid grow-op in St. Vital
Municipal property assessments underway
Coalition calls on province to suspend Bipole III, Keeyask
NDP 'not a credible government': Bokhari
Missing teen, 17, last seen in North End
Ministers to meet with Selinger over concerns
Both sides refuse to blink
Below-normal temperatures in store for Gate Night
New mayor to share power
Cops confirm body is Winkler man
Boy finds big bucks in coat
Oswald's stabbing words
'Get-out-of-jail' card for parents
Feds roll out new rules after rail disaster
Manslaughter verdict in grisly 2012 killing
Autopsies on hold during legal battle
Care-home licence reviewed after death
Reynolds' work lives on in bursary
Decision has potential to backfire
Delays leave many waiting for flu shot
16,000 kids attend fourth We Day Manitoba gathering