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Friendship Centres Launch Anti-violence Campaign

Saturday, June 20, 2015 @ 9:21 AM

Prince George, B.C. – The first major national initiative to end violence against Indigenous women and girls, is being launched today by the National Association of Friendship Centres.

It is called Action for Women and consists of seven programs and campaigns providing the information, tools and support Indigenous women and girls need to remain safe, plan for their future and participate in the conversation about violence and victimization.

The programs and campaigns are designed to engage everyone including youth, men, families and the public in the discussion of ending violence. Research has shown that the victimization of Indigenous women is close to triple that of non-Indigenous women, and that violent victimization of Indigenous females is most often committed by males and most often not reported to police.

The Executive Director of the National Association of Friendship Centres, Jeffrey Cyr, says “engaging youth, men and communities is key to ending violence against Indigenous women and girls.  We wanted to create an initiative that brought our communities together to end violence.”

The association is a network of 117 Friendship Centres from coast-to-coast-to-coast.  You can learn more about the Action for Women initiative by contacting the Prince George Native Friendship Centre on Third Avenue at (250) 564-3568 or online at http://www.pgnfc.com


80% of female natives murdered are done at the hands of other natives.. I hope they really focus on getting the help for the right people.

Actually, PVal, 80% of female native women WHOSE KILLER IS KNOWN are killed by other native people. That’s not surprising since most people who are murdered are killed by people they know. Anybody familiar with native life is aware that there is a lot of sexual abuse and violence against women. Dealing with that will require some combination of police work and resolving the underlying social problems that cause it, including the effects of residential school.

For the most part, the “Highway of Tears” type cases have not been solved. Whether 80% of those women were killed by native people is unknown, but it is likely that the percentage is lower because acquaintance-killings are generally easier to solve. The very fact that these killings and disappearances remain unsolved suggests that many of them were committed by strangers.

The point about the high rate of murder and disappearance of aboriginal women is not that white men are killing aboriginal women. The culprits include both native and non-native men. The point is that for a variety of reasons aboriginal women are particularly vulnerable, and that there is reason to believe that too many of these cases remain unsolved, and too many killers allowed to continue to kill, because the police and others don’t care very much about the fate of such women. One of the facts that emerges clearly from the Pickton enquiry is that some of the police just didn’t care much about women who were prostitutes, or addicts, or aboriginal.

“The RCMP also said that the majority of cases — 81 per cent in the past two years — continue to be solved at a rate comparable to that for cases involving non-aboriginal women, which was at 83 per cent over the same time period.

The RCMP has already solved 26 of the new homicides and in every one of them, the offender was known to the victim, with family members and current and former spouses involved in 73 per cent of the cases.

That conclusion is a sensitive one.”


Bill, yuh done good. Well said.

Aamodt, M. G. (2014, September 6). Serial killer statistics. Retrieved (June 20, 2015) from http: //maamodt.asp.radford.edu/serial killer information center/project description.htm

As of September 6, 2014, the database contains information on 3,873 serial killers and 11,187 victims of serial killers. According to this database, of all the serial killers in the USA, based on their race; 52.1 % were White; 40.3% were Black; 6.1% were Hispanic; 0.7% were Asian; and only 0.8% were Native American.

Think about all the serial killers that you know; Jeffery Dahmer; Ted Bundy; Uni-Bomber Ted Kaczynski; Robert Pickton; Clifford Robert Olsen; Col. David Russell Williams; Cody Legebokoff; the list goes on… all of these serial killers were White Males. I find this fact to be interesting.

I taught a course that included a section on who is most likely to commit financial fraud. White middle to upper class married males with children. The answer why isn’t they were more likely to steal,it was they are trusted and have greater opportunity to steal. The non white category of serial killer is likely under represented not because they wouldn’t kill,more likely they just don’t get the opportunities because they aren’t as trusted as white males.

I find it interesting when faced with a statistic that indicates native males abuse native females at a higher rate than white males abuse white females apologists quickly make it a white man’s fault blaming what we did as the excuse. How can these people ever get better if you never allow them to be responsible for their actions but always make it someone else’s fault.

Well ski51; if you really want to know why there are more mental health issues, and lateral violence, in Aboriginal and Inuit Communities in Canada, I can point you towards a Library of Parliament Research Publication titled; “Current Issues in Mental Health in Canada: The Mental Health of First Nations and Inuit Communities”.

Here is the link, with a warning; you will not like the researched “causes” for higher rates of suicide, violence, and mental health issues among our Aboriginal population, particularly in the first five (5) paragraphs of the publication. If you cannot accept the “root causes” of elevated violence in our Aboriginal and Inuit Communities, relative to Non-Aboriginals, you can always take the PC MP Pierre Poilievre approach; “the root cause” of increased instances of violence in our Aboriginal Communities is “Violent Aboriginals”?

www. parl.gc.ca/Content/LOP/ResearchPublications/2014-02-e.htm

ski51,yuh done good. Well said.

Wow Is that what I said I thought I said there’s more white serial killers because people trust white strangers more Then I thought I said FN males aren’t going to get better if they can’t learn to take responsibility for their actions. Didn’t realize I’d denied they have problems or need help Just stated the obvious You can’t get better if everyone says ‘there there,not your fault you beat the crap out of her It’s the whitey who abused your dad who abused you It’s his fault.’

So….It’s okay for me to beat the hell out of everybody around me because I’m poor ?

Middle Finger,. (DigitusImpudicus) Who said anything about being poor.???

Its never ok to beat the hell out of people.

Good morning Palopu. It was in reference to a line in SS’s post. “root causes of elevated violence in our Aboriginal and Inuit Communities”. Poverty is one of the top reasons we are told. Sorry to have woke you.

Good on the PG Native Friendship Centre for trying to do something about high rates of violence by launching this Anti-Violence Campaign. This should be supported by everyone, as it will benefit the entire Prince George community. Perhaps through initiatives like this we will have less, Aboriginal involved, violent outbursts like this one?

www. pgfreepress.com/trio-charged-in-downtown-shooting-are-acquitted/

What simplistic person would think that violence in the Aboriginal community is only perpetrated by Aboriginal Males on Aboriginal Female, and that the violence would remain in that community? Take a good long look at the above news article, and tell the rest of us that this violence does not spill out onto Prince George streets, and that it does not affect the entire Prince George Community?

Remember, one quarter of Prince George’s population identifies as Aboriginal, perhaps we should be more positive and supportive of organizations and initiatives that attempt to make the society we live in, a better safer place!

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