Joshua Houle received a sentence of eight years for the stabbing and dismembering Misty Ward over a year ago. The crime was a horrible act of violence in which Crown Prosecutor Robert Beck pointed out Houle warned Misty Ward “he had a history of waking up violently if he was startled awake.” Misty Ward did nothing wrong but merely attempt to arouse a friend from a deep slumber. It was in that one simple attempt her life was taken within the blink of an eye.
This is becoming a more common story as many Aboriginal women are five to seven times more likely than other women to die at the hands of violence. As well, 56 percent of violent incidents committed against aboriginal people are perpetrated by someone who is known to the victim.
The Native Women’s Association of Canada points out aboriginal women face discrimination increasingly as they are socially and economically marginalized from society. It is this marginalization that makes them more vulnerable and susceptible to violence. In their 2010 research there was estimated 582 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women within Canada. (Read More at Huffington Post Alberta.)