Missing Women Inquiry

'Am I Next?' Campaign Aims To Push Harper On Missing Aboriginal Women

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 09.07.2014 | Canada Impact

Online activists pushing for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women have a simple question for Prime Minister Stephen Harper. "Am I ...

Wall: Aboriginal Teen's Murder Suggests 'More Can Be Done' By Gov't

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 08.25.2014 | Canada Alberta

CHARLOTTETOWN - Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall says he doesn't know how long any level of government can ignore something like the murder of a 15-year...

Legal Action Mulled Against Feds Over Missing, Murdered Women

CP | Aly Thomson, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.15.2014 | Canada Politics

HALIFAX - Calls for a public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women were renewed Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Assembly of First ...

When Is National Aboriginal Day?

The Huffington Post Canada | Posted 05.23.2014 | Canada Impact

National Aboriginal Day is set to take place on June 21, giving indigenous people and Canadians alike a chance to celebrate the culture and heritage o...

Time To Bite Bullet On Metro Vancouver Regional Police Force

Dermod Travis | Posted 03.31.2014 | Canada British Columbia
Dermod Travis

If British Columbians pay the same bucks as Ontario and Quebec for policing, has fewer cops and a higher crime severity index, what gives?

Money For Victims Coming Soon: Lawyer

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - An offer to provide financial compensation to the children of serial killer Robert Pickton's victims could come as soon as six weeks from ...

Pickton's Brother Claims Ignorance

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 03.12.2014 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The brother of Robert William Pickton says he had no idea sex workers were being taken to his family's property near Vancouver and murdere...

Why Hitchhiking is a Risky Road for Aboriginal Women

Jared Brock | Posted 02.12.2014 | Canada Politics
Jared Brock

As my wife and I were driving home in Duncan, B.C. three years ago, we noticed a young girl hitchhiking. She was young, First Nations, and not dressed for the weather. As we stopped to pick her up, we noticed a white truck stop on the other side of the road, and two guys got out and walked towards her. We cut them off, and told her to hop in. This was just weeks after a gruesome murder. Fast-forward to last night. On our way home we noticed another young girl hitchhiking. Until people all over Canada demand better from our leaders, nothing will change, and Aboriginal girls will continue to go missing in record numbers, numbers that already concern the U.N.

The Time Is Now to Inquire About Missing and Murdered Women

Margot Franssen | Posted 09.29.2013 | Canada Politics
Margot Franssen

At the beginning of last week we rejoiced with our colleagues upon hearing that Canadian premiers called for an inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. And then in less than 24-hours the Feds dismissed the premier's urgent call to action. Full stop. If hundreds of white women were murdered and missing would an inquiry be so quickly dismissed? What about hundreds of kindergarten teachers? Or hundreds of fire fighters? The premiers have it right. The time is now.

Is B.C. Stalling On Missing Women?

CBC | Posted 09.10.2013 | Canada British Columbia

A coalition of 20 First Nations and women’s groups is slamming the B.C. government for failing to implement recommendations from the inquiry into se...

National Inquiry On Missing, Murdered Women Not Best Answer

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 02.20.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Robyn Bourgeois

Waiting for the Canadian state to do something about violence is literally killing us, so I am not interested in participating in any delaying tactics or knowledge gathering for a state that clearly isn't listening. I want meaningful change and I want it now, and I don't think that's too much to ask for. Because my life and the lives of all women and girls are worth more than this.

Missing Women's Inquiry: Wally Oppal's Good Intentions

Reive Doig | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Reive Doig

Yes, the prejudices faced by Vancouver's missing women were systemic and institutional, but systems and institutions are made up of individuals, and ultimately some of them should be found responsible. Repeatedly, Commissioner Wally Oppal fails to do so. The judge has failed to judge. Imagine if during his time on the bench he'd been willing to hear such damning evidence, and then at the end of the trial declared that no sentence should be passed because, after all, in the end it's society's fault.

Media Bites: The Missing Women Report Finds Canada's Dark Side

J.J. McCullough | Posted 02.19.2013 | Canada
J.J. McCullough

2012-04-27-mediabitesreal.jpg Monday morning marked the long-awaited release of Wally T. Oppal's Missing Women Commission of Inquiry report. To say commissioning this report was a bit controversial is like saying Pickton himself was a bit murdery. Oppal's investigation basically entailed a jaunty stroll across a packed minefield of modern Canada's touchiest subjects including racism, sexism, classism, aboriginal politics, the sex trade, mental illness, alcoholism, drug abuse, bureaucratic cruelty and police incompetence, all headed by a party hack from an embattled provincial government that might very well poll worse than all the others put together.

New Funding For Women's Centre

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.18.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Kate Gibson needs a lot of advice.After spending years helping to run a widely-respected drop-in service for sex-trade workers on Vancouve...

Is Anyone Listening To The 'Forsaken,' Marginalized Women Of Vancouver?

Robyn Bourgeois | Posted 02.17.2013 | Canada British Columbia
Robyn Bourgeois

As Commissioner Wally Oppal and the media tried to talk about Vancouver's Missing Women, the forsaken women, the marginalized women, these women demanded space to talk for themselves. They demanded to be heard — just as the marginalized women in the Downtown Eastside have long done. It remains to be seen, however, if anyone is listening.

Regional Police Could Have Caught Killer Sooner: Inquiry

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The final report into the failures that allowed Robert Pickton to remain at large for so long has revived a decades-old debate about wheth...

'A Very Serious And Sad Lesson'

CP | Wendy Cox, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Families of women believed murdered by serial-killer Robert Pickton welcomed the massive inquiry report into the police bungling that allo...

Missing Women's Report Recommendations

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Commissioner Wally Oppal's final report into the failed investigations into Robert Pickton included 63 recommendations. Here are some of t...

Facts About Missing Women Inquiry Commission

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.16.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - Some facts about the public inquiry into the Robert Pickton case:Terms of reference: Examine the police investigations into missing women ...

Inquiry Finds Bias Against Pickton Victims

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.15.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The families of Robert Pickton's victims have received public confirmation of something they already knew to be true: if their daughters, ...

The Downtown Eastside's Missing Women

The Huffington Post B.C. | Jesse Ferreras | Posted 12.19.2012 | Canada British Columbia

UPDATE - Dec. 17: Commissioner Wally Oppal's 1,448-page report, released in December 2012, concluded public indifference and poor police work allowed ...

'We Haven't Had Justice For Our Girls'

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.14.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The closest thing Marilyn Renter has ever had to a trial for her step-daughter's death is the public inquiry into the failures that allowe...

'Nobody Deserves To Lose A Daughter'

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.11.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The parents of an aboriginal girl found murdered last week in Kamloops, B.C., have joined the call for a national inquiry into murdered an...

Teen's Death Stirs Inquiry Calls

CP | The Canadian Press | Posted 02.08.2013 | Canada British Columbia

OTTAWA - The Assembly of First Nations says the recent murder of a 16-year-old native teen is yet another reason Ottawa should call a national public ...

Missing Women Report's Release Date

CP | James Keller, The Canadian Press | Posted 02.05.2013 | Canada British Columbia

VANCOUVER - The families of the women Robert Pickton plucked from Vancouver's Downtown Eastside will finally see the results from a public inquiry thi...