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Protest will draw attention to missing and murdered native women

PROTEST Kaz Novak,Spectator file - Back in October, the public was invited to participate in a ceremonial drum in Hamilton during a weekend of protests across the country for 1,200 missing or murdered aboriginal women.

PROTEST Kaz Novak,Spectator file – Back in October, the public was invited to participate in a ceremonial drum in Hamilton during a weekend of protests across the country for 1,200 missing or murdered aboriginal women.

Hamilton Spectator

Hamilton is one of 22 places that will be targeted during the ShutDownCanada protest Feb. 13.

A group plans to occupy the intersection of King and Main streets, near Gage Park, between 2 p.m. and dusk next Friday.

The aim of the protest is to again draw attention to a demand for the federal government to call an inquiry into murdered and missing aboriginal women. The RCMP says the total, since 1980, is about 1,200. The Conservative government believes the issue is a law enforcement matter.

Organizer Kawaowene (John) Garlow from Six Nations could not be reached for comment Thursday, but in a Facebook posting he noted “kkkanda” offered money and assistance when 300 Nigerians went missing.

“It seems the native women of turtle island (sic) are looked upon by kkkanda as less than human,” he said.

Spokesperson Const. Steve Welton said Hamilton police are aware of the demonstration. He couldn’t say if police will be blocking off the intersection, but said they will monitor the situation.

“The Hamilton police service respects the right for peaceful demonstrations,” he said. “Our role is a neutral one. Our responsibility is public safety for both the public and those who may be demonstrating.”

Other Ontario demonstrations are planned for Toronto, Niagara Falls and Ottawa. There will also be protests in Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon, Montreal, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

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2 thoughts on “Protest will draw attention to missing and murdered native women

  1. resihampton

    Why wouldn’t the Federal Gov’t investigate? Unless these Missing/Murdered Indigenous Women is happening more frequently from Keystone XL Pipeline employees…and $ is used to ignore this devastating issue!!

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