Preview: Boys don’t cry – Is it time we start talking about our murdered and missing indigenous men?

Grace Lafond-Barr with a photo of her son Jaron Tyler Jahnke, below, who was shot and killed by a 15-year-old in 2011 in Saskatoon. Photograph by: Michelle Berg, The Starphoenix, The Starphoenix

Grace Lafond-Barr with a photo of her son Jaron Tyler Jahnke, below, who was shot and killed by a 15-year-old in 2011 in Saskatoon.
Photograph by: Michelle Berg, The Starphoenix, The Starphoenix

By Jeremy Warren | The StarPhoenix

Indigenous men are more likely to be murdered than anyone else in Canada – possibly more than 2,000 in a 30-year period.

Grace Lafond-Barr believes healing starts in the home, so she moved her family to Muskeg Lake Cree Nation from Saskatoon two years ago to escape the city where murder took away her two brothers and a son.

Indigenous people in Canada are three times as likely to be victims of crime compared to non-indigenous people and the homicide rate for indigenous people is seven times that of non-aboriginal people — 8.8 compared to 1.3 victims per 100,000 people, according to Statistics Canada.

RCMP say 1,017 indigenous women were murdered between 1980 and 2012; a recently published article in Aboriginal Policy Studies suggested the number of murdered indigenous men in that period could be more than 2,000.

Jeremy Warren dug into the issue and spoke with Laford-Barr about her tragic story.

Read the full story online at TheStarPhoenix.com.

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