WHY DO MEN KILL?
Edmonton Indigenous activist Muriel Stanley Venne pushing Corrections Canada to interview convicted killers to stop bloodshed
Edmonton Indigenous activist pushing for prison interviews
to stop the bloodshed
EDMONTON—One Edmonton Indigenous activist is making the case that solving the crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls means understanding why men prey on women in the first place.
On Wednesday, Muriel Stanley Venne, founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women, made that very point to Correctional Service Canada as part of the National Aboriginal Advisory Committee. She recommended that Corrections Canada place a greater emphasis on interviewing convicted killers who are locked up to get a better sense of their motivations, their psychology, and, ultimately, to learn more about how society can prevent women from being murdered.
Indigenous women are six times more likely to be victims of homicide than non-Indigenous women, according to 2017 numbers from Statistics Canada. An 2014 RCMP report said 1,181 Indigenous women and girls were killed or have disappeared in Canada between 1980 and 2012, although some advocates say the number is closer to 4,000.
“We have the opportunity to turn things around and get good research done so we could take the next steps to prevent these killings,” Venne said after attending the meeting with Correctional Service Canada commissioner Anne Kelly in Laval, Que.
Experts believe there are two types of men who kill women, with different motivations.
One is serial killers — the reallife bogeymen who commit incomprehensible acts again and again, preying on the vulnerable for their own sadistic pleasure.
“If we’re talking about the Willy Picktons of the world, we’re talking about a very, very narrow slice,” says Liam Ennis, an Edmonton-based forensic psychologist. He’s referring to Robert William Pickton, the British Columbia pig farmer who confessed to 49 murders, but was only convicted of six, making him one of Canada’s most wellknown and prolific serial killers.
Ennis said in the majority of cases where women are murdered (75 per cent of cases), it is by an intimate partner or family member – not a serial killer.
“Women are at most risk from men they are close to, in their own homes, at the hands of men who they’ve had intimate relationships with,” he said.
Learning different motivations of serial killers, intimate partners to prevent more violence at thestar.com/edmonton
“WE HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TURN THINGS AROUND
AND GET GOOD RESEARCH DONE.”
Muriel Stanley Venne, Institute for the Advancement
of Aboriginal Women
Murial Stanley Venne wants Corrections Canada to interview killers to understand their motivations and learn how society can prevent women from being murdered.