Feminism miss­ing from in­quiry: ad­vo­cate

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

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.

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