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Pondering the plight of murdered aboriginal women and wondering if there isn't a better way to proceed than to call for yet another inquiry.

We already know these women have multiple risk factors influencing their lives and choices/nonchoices. We already know about homelessness, prostitution, addictions, poverty, racism, abuse, family dysfunction. We already know these women often face hidden disadvantages that one way or another put them in high risk situations. We know this already. Why spend the money to find out that we already knew?

And furthermore, do these women deserve investigation? They deserve attention, but not investigation.

I'd like to see the problem solved. As a teacher of aboriginal young women I'd like to stand with them and not have to say, "Oh, the government is conducting an inquiry into the problem." Lame.

How about spending the money supporting the police in investigating the murderers? How about profiling what they have in common? How about finding them and stopping them before more violence occurs?

Or how about putting some money into restructuring social programs? How about addressing the social pits these women are in and raising their ground so they're on a level playing field? How about providing real choices so these women can take control of their lives?

I know nothing is simple. I know there isn't a black and white solution. But I really hate the idea of just doing what's already been done. Knowing there are problems hasn't solved these women's issues. Can we just get our hands dirty and help solve the problems already instead of sitting in tidy chairs studying the problem??

I'm a little frustrated with the call for an inquiry. Can you tell?

 

Evonne Garnett

Prince Albert, SK

 

Organizations: Prince Albert, SK

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