Photo borrowed from http://www.findmaisyandshannon.com
Today I started reading a book by Warren Goulding called “Just Another Indian.” I cried twice already. It talks about a subject that really gets to me every time I read or hear about: missing/murdered Aboriginal women.
Then, in another post on my FB feed and also repeatedly in my twitter feed, I see this link titled Police Study Link Between Sex Offender, Missing Girls.
I share the feelings with Laurie Odjick because I remember seeing these girls on television during the news casting. For a brief second. I remember thinking something similar to Ms. Odjick, If these girls were not Native, would the police investigative have been more exhaustive or media exposure increased? I remember seeing Maisy and Shannon’s pictures and remembered their faces and seeing this brief reporting on the news channel. I remember because I was scared. I remember thinking about my own safety. At the same time, I had just moved to London, Ontario on my own. No family. No friends. I really didn’t even have a place to call home. I didn’t know much about the missing of Maisy and Shannon or how or where they were first reported to have been missing because not much was reported. So, I had thought they had gone missing in Ontario. Apparently, they were just spotted in Ontario. I wish their pictures were shown in more places and for longer periods. I saw their pictures only twice since seeing their pictures on the news that day. Once on the television that day and another on the back of a transport.
You can read a letter that Laurie Odjick writes and you can just feel the frustrations pouring out through her words. You can read that letter HERE.
The book that I am reading right now talks about the lack of media exposure of the serial killer, John Martin Crawford, who raped and killed Native women. These women were reported missing to the police, police didn’t do much, and even when Crawford was on trial for admitting to killing the women he had killed, there was still very little media exposure. It makes me sad that this is still happening today in a completely different region in Canada almost 10 years ago? You would think that organizations and agencies would learn from the Crawford case.
It is a disgrace, like the article highlights, that young Aboriginal women are allowed to go missing at the present, alarming rates. Amnesty International even has their own campaign to help address this issue at an international level. You can check out the campaign called Stolen Sisters. I talk about this campaign in my post titled Globalization: The Further Oppression of Aboriginal Women. Even though the work that this organization is doing is great, it is still quite new and the latest reports that were generated in support of their campaign even mentioned that much of the previous and initial campaign’s initial report’s recommendations still need to be implemented.
So what can be done to help this particular? There is already a website set up to help raise awareness. You can check the website that was set up by the families of Maisy and Shannon, HERE. Donations have been sent and received and you can help donate to help find the Maisy and Shannon. The link to donate is HERE. Maisy and Shannon’s families have set this all up themselves. The family has done this all on their own time. Frustrated with the policing agencies. Frustrated with lack of accountability. Frustrated with lack of responsibility. The same feelings and similar situations that I read about in this book written by Warren Goulding.
It literally breaks my heart to read about this over and over again: young Aboriginal women going missing and almost nothing done by policing agencies/organizations–families are left to deal with the situation. Canada, it’s time to step up to the plate. First Nations people: you are failing them over and over again. I feel so helpless and I am not even related nor have I ever met Maisy or Shannon’s families or friends. I can only imagine what this woman and her family/friends are feeling or have felt.
Prays for the families/friends of Maisy and Shannon & to Maisy and Shannon ❤
As taken from the article in The Gazette: Anyone with information should call Quebec provincial police at 819-310-4141 or the Kitigan Zibi Police Department 819-449-6000. There is a $15,000 reward, offered by friends and family, for information that leads to their safe return.