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What about First Nations girls?

Opinion / Readers' Letters (Toronto Star)

Re: U.S. planes search for Nigerian girls, May 14


U.S. planes search for Nigerian girls, May 14

The media has, for once, rightly whipped up world public opinion against violence against young women. Our prime minister, without blinking an eye, has sent help to finding 300 girls in the depth of the Sahara desert without sparing any expense, and it is no doubt the right and humane thing to do.

But it appears that not all missing girls deserve the attention of our illustrious prime minister and his minions.

Not long ago, a Parliamentary committee, took up the topic of the almost 1,200 Canadian First Nations girls missing over the recent past. The neocons had to whip all of its members of the committee to vote down a call for a simple inquiry — no drones, no surveillance equipment, no boots on the ground; just a simple inquiry.

A UN special rapporteur’s report this week pointed to this failing by our federal government toward Natives, and further stated, that since the last report of 10 years ago, little has changed in the disattention the Canadian government has been giving to Native Canadians’ issues. It included the call for an inquiry over the disappeared Native girls.

The answer from Ottawa, has been the same as the last time Canada was singled out for disattention to poor children’s diet and education: we are holier than thou, so but out.

The question remains: Aren’t our 1,200 Native girls, who disappeared without a trace, as important as the 300 girls in Nigeria?

Tony Morra, Mississauga

On the one hand we have the generous offer of spy plane resources and deep concern from Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird in regard to the heinous, hideous and unconscionable barbarism toward Nigerian school girls by terrorist group Boko Harum.

Juxtapose this humane and considerate gesture with the disdain and callous indifference of the Stephen Harper’s government toward the creation of a national inquiry into Canada’s missing and murdered First Nations girls and women.

At least in Nigeria there is some hope that the captives are still alive.

Alan Carlisle, Toronto

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