“Bedford marks a victory in the struggle against colonialism and colonial structures for Indigenous sex workers. When we begin to understand the history of Canada’s anti-prostitution laws, and the policing of Indigenous bodies and identities, we understand how the construction of these identities and bodies serve to sustain colonialism and all its tools. The criminalization of the sex trade is the criminalization of certain bodies and identities, because we all know that it isn’t white men who get arrested for prostitution related crimes on a daily basis. In the end, decriminalization of the trade is decolonization of the trade, and thus the Bedford v. Canada decision is a step toward decolonization.”
So they can’t afford to search for missing and murdered Indigenous women but they’ll be damned if they let an Indigenous feminist/university student activist go unmonitored. I mean, seriously?
My friend reacting to a policing agency approaching me after a public speak I did on missing and murdered Indigenous women.
I didn’t feel this was a genuine approach to reach out to me. I felt this way because the officer didn’t present himself as an officer. He stated, “I just wanted to let you know we are reading your blog.” I was a taken back by this random person (or what seemed as a random perseon) coming up to me to inform me they are reading my blog. He proceeded to say, “We are listening.” But I am not certain they are listening. I then asked him who was and who was with (given the fact that he used plural pronoun, “we”). He was with the policing agency. He stated he wanted me to come speak for a group of people (not entirely sure who it was and did not receive a reply to my email to ask for clarification). I asked for his card to follow up. Surprise! He didn’t have one. But he did give me his email and I did follow-up. Now, silence. Do I feel that it was a form of intimidation to silence me? I most certainly do. It’s too bad, like my friend points out, that they can’t focus their resources on seeking justice/protection for the families and friends of missing and murdered Indigenous women.