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Inquiry's usefulness questioned

When one looks through the list of the 40 reports/studies related to missing and murdered women in Canada, it's not difficult to discern from the titles that they are all reflective of the underlying social and systemic issues of deep-rooted racism and the ensuing violence that people who are victimized experience (Studies and more studies, Aug. 28).

Most of the reports from the studies also demonstrate discussions were held, analyses were conducted and solutions for practical changes were recommended. Unfortunately, what is also clear is that the political will to follow through on the recommendations for changes/improvements has been lukewarm thus far.

With all respect to Chief Nepinak, will the 41st well-written report isolate newer issues different from those the aboriginal population still lives through? Will another inquiry not just rehash the already-acknowledged causes again?

Unless there is informed acknowledgment that new sociological and systemic phenomena are at play here, no amounts of money will bring justice to the female victims and their families.

Prabha Menon



Opinions about whether or not there should be an national inquiry into the issue of missing and murdered indigenous women and girls vary among family members and other concerned indigenous community members.

As a non-indigenous observer, this is a healthy reminder for Canadians that indigenous peoples don't all speak with the same voice.

I am grateful for the wide range of indigenous voices I am lucky enough to hear or read, and hope community members get the specific actions they want for where they live.

I hope they receive support to develop and have put into place solutions that are as strong and diverse as the people that love the women and girls who are no longer with us -- solutions as big and powerful as the love embodied by all those beautiful sisters.

Monique Woroniak



I am sick and tired of our premier demanding another inquiry about missing aboriginal women (Inquiry on premiers' agenda, Aug. 27).

What would it achieve except delays and the spending of millions of taxpayer dollars?

The NDP has been in power here for so many years -- why have they not brought crime down against aboriginal women in Manitoba?

The demand for another inquiry is to merely divert people's attention from NDP's own failure in saving aboriginal women. It's just another manipulation to gain aboriginal votes.

Deedar Sagoo



During the many years Al Mackling was in politics I seldomly agreed with his philosophy (More than an inquiry needed, Letters, Aug. 26).

I will admit, though, that Mackling hit the nail right on the head with his recent comments about the reserve system being the major stumbling block standing in the way of aboriginal advancement in this country.

Instead of pushing for a useless multimillion-dollar national inquiry, Premier Greg Selinger should bring Mackling back into the NDP fold to look at the problems that face First Nations people.

Having someone with a little common sense in government would be refreshing.

Cal Paul


Include St. Germain in opening

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights should have been 100 per cent clear when they approached the Manitoba Metis Federation that they were doing the final segment with Métis youth (Museum rejects St. Germain, Aug. 27).

However, there should be no boycott -- this is a misunderstanding, and I'm pleased that the Métis are being included.

Ray St. Germain should also be included in some form; perhaps have him start a musical piece, have youth join in and then he could leave the stage. It would showcase the "old" music blending into and ending with "new" music.

Terri Pitzel



This is the first of the museum's choices with which I disagree, and disagree strongly.

Rejecting Ray St. Germain as a performer is a real slap in the face. Use a young Métis performer, but only after St. Germain has performed; he is a great singer and he deserves the recognition.

Marilyn Boyle


Pothole problems persist

It's the end of August, why do we still have unfilled potholes on our streets?

These potholes are from the winter and spring, and have yet to be repaired.

Jim McMillan


Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 29, 2014 A10

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