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Canada Launches Inquiry Into Murdered Aboriginal Women and Opens the Door to Repealing 'Racist' Indian Act

Society & Culture  (tags: culture, women, violence, Canada, First Nations, human rights, crime, corruption, abuse, law, death, society, politics )

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Speaking in front of representatives of indigenous communities from across Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau promised "nothing less than a total renewal of the relationship between Canada and First Nations Peoples."

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Kathleen Mireault (211)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 4:00 pm
About effing time! Thanks for sharing, Cal. The "Indian Act?" Even the name is totally offensive!

Animae C (506)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 4:03 pm
Excellent WTG PM Trudeau!!!

Animae C (506)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 4:05 pm
Actually yes the "Indian Act?" WTF?!?!

Cher C (1427)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 4:08 pm

Thnx so much for posting this Cal!


Frances Darcy (124)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 5:28 pm
I agree with all the above comments

cynthia l (207)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 10:34 pm
talk is cheap I sincerely hope this comes to light

Past Member (0)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 11:39 pm
Am so so happy with this news--Trudeau kept his promise. Imagine if Harper that douche had been re-elected. thx Cal

RosemaryRannes HusbandNeedsPrayers (650)
Tuesday December 8, 2015, 11:44 pm
We shall see !

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 3:04 am
TY Cal.

Winn Adams (179)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 6:45 am
Like what he says but actions speak louder than words. Time will tell.

Louise D (44)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 10:25 am
About time, I did read a book about the murder of an aboriginal Canadian girl called Helen Betty Osbourne The four men who took her to her death from the streets of The Pas that night had gone looking for an Aboriginal girl with whom to "party."When she refused to party she was driven out of town and murdered.It took 16 years for any convictions for the murder. So M. Trudeau is doing the right thing to resolve this massive injustice for the hundreds of innocent women killed just because they are natives.

. (0)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 10:36 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, promises are promises. My greatest wish is that this leader to head a profound change leadership that the world needs, since his youth, we may find hard facts. Gratitude to The Original Peoples.

Lona G (67)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 11:26 am
Finally! What a change in leadership can't do for a country.

Janet B (0)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 12:29 pm

Knud Thirup (52)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 1:17 pm
noted,& thanks

Past Member (0)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 1:41 pm
Noted, thanks

Janis K (126)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 2:02 pm
Thanks Cal, good news.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 3:07 pm

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 4:29 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal.

Birgit W (160)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 4:32 pm
Wonderful news! Thank you Mr. Trudeau.

Judy C (90)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 9:43 pm
Thanks for sharing this good news, Cal.

Suzanne L (99)
Wednesday December 9, 2015, 10:30 pm
What a lot of people don't realize is that Canada has an apartheid system. The Indian Act authorizes the Canadian government to regulate and administer the affairs and day-to-day lives of those people that it recognizes as 'legal' or 'status' Indians (those registered under the Act) and their communities. You can read the Indian Act online, at It's been around since 1876.

PM Justin Trudeau's father, Pierre Trudeau, was PM 1968 to 1974 and one of his early initiatives was to do away with the Indian Act. This proved unpopular at that time with Indian communities. The initiative shifted to negotiating land claims and self-government and it was thought that those processes would provide Indian communities with independence and resources sufficient to make the Indian Act redundant. At first these processes seemed promising, however, they became mired with complications when the Liberals lost to the Conservatives. Under Harper they seemed to have completely lost impetus.

Our current PM seems to share the same regard for aboriginal Canadian as his father and the same desire to be fair. Knowing what has transpired over the last 40 years from having worked with Indian, Metis, non-status and Inuit communities and in Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, I would say this is going to take a lot of good will and commitment on all sides.


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Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:03 am

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:48 am
Re-posted in the Care2 group, "Canadians Proactive & Global Citizens".

Not a very active group at the present, but it could become so1

Athena F (131)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 4:37 am
thank you

Anne F (17)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 11:49 am
Heard a fabulous indigenous storyteller (Jack Dalton) say, that As Native Americans recover and regain strength by turning to traditions, so too people of other heritages turn to traditions and find ways to improve lives and communities.

Janet B (0)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 12:48 pm

Kamia T (89)
Thursday December 10, 2015, 2:54 pm
I guess this fits in the "better late than never category" doesn't it?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday December 12, 2015, 1:35 am
About time.
Thanks Cal.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Monday December 14, 2015, 12:33 am
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