Feminism missing from inquiry: advocate
A chairwoman of Vancouver’s annual memorial march for missing and murdered aboriginal women says she’s concerned a national inquiry will leave out a crucial issue — feminism.
Fay Blaney, who co-chairs the February 14th Women’s Memorial March Committee said the starting point of an inquiry must be the barriers indigenous women face in Canadian society.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett is touring the country to meet with families, survivors and aboriginal representatives to hear what they want from an inquiry. Blaney attended an all-day meeting in Vancouver last Wednesday and wants to meet with Bennett to discuss the inquiry’s parameters.
“It needs to proceed from a feminist perspective. This is an issue of indigenous women’s equality,’’ she said. “I didn’t hear that coming from them.’’
Her fears are part of a broader concern among front-line workers and advocacy groups that they are being shut out of the process.