NEWS RELEASE · 17th May 2013
BCCLA and UBCIC slam BC government decision to stop working on missing and murdered women recommendations
The BC Civil Liberties Association and the Union of BC Indian Chiefs reacted this morning to the government’s statement that civil litigation by children of Robert Pickton victims may stall its work in responding to the recommendations of the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry, and the resignation of Steven Point as advocate for the recommendations.
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, President of the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, stated: “We are extremely concerned and disgusted that the Christy Clark Government – as one of its first official actions – appears to be backing away from critical work on the urgent issue of murdered and missing women because children of Pickton’s victims are suing the government after being denied justice both in the courts and at the Inquiry.”
Micheal Vonn, Policy Director of the BC Civil Liberties Association, stated: “Legally, these lawsuits in no way prevent the government from making long overdue changes and from taking the advice of affected communities on what changes should be implemented. To us this looks like the government trying to protect itself from potential financial liability in court cases by refusing to make any policy or legal changes that might look like an admission of wrongdoing or negligence.
“The Attorney General says that the government “remains committed to creating a legacy of safety of security for vulnerable women”. On the contrary, it appears that the government is prepared to indefinitely stall or abandon this work. This is a terrible indicator of the state of the government’s commitment to women’s safety and equality.
“We will be meeting with our coalition partners who have been working together on the issue of missing and murdered women to decide on a course of action.”
Comment by Paul Repstock on 24th May 2013
The Pickton Murders could not have continued without some sort of protective network. The investigation has been stonewalled from the beginning. There seem to be connections and informations that have not yet been revealed.
The rot running through our society is deep. The government for reasons of their own, have never wanted to dig down to the truth. Any excuse to sweep this investigation into the forgotten dustbin of history will do. People's memories are conveniently short. In a few years nobody will remember. But, the monsters live.
Federal Conservatives snub Natives
Comment by david dickinson on 23rd May 2013
Let's not forget the message from the federal Conservatives to aboriginals. The year 2013 is highly significant to Canada's aboriginals as it marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation, the most significant legal document in Canadian jurisprudence. It is because of this document that aboriginal rights are recognized in the Constitution and that governments are required to consult with aboriginals over resource development.
So, how did the Harper administration chose to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Proclamation? By removing the aboriginal motif from our $20 bills!
There is no other reason for replacing the aboriginal motif with a tribute to Vimy Ridge in WW I. This famous battle took place in 1917, not 1913! The hundred year anniversary of Vimy Ridge is 2017, not 2013!
"lest we forget"