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Time for Change: Violence and Aboriginal Women

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.

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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.)

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Darcie Cameron is a RYT 200 who believes Yoga is a gift that is accessible to everyone with proper modifications, a patient smile and just taking the time to breathe. One of the greatest presents you will ever unwrap is when you connect your mind, body and spirit in perfect sync with your own breath. Connect with Darcie on Facebook

5 replies

  1. That is a lot of cases – it is sad to see the violence against women continues (every minute of the day) and it is widespread on so many levels of races, incomes, etc. This is a tragic story and one that the young women will one day be faced with if something is not done to put a stop to it or at least slow it down. Thanks for sharing

  2. Wow. That is terrible. Violence against women never ends, does it? Sometimes it’s horrible and fatal. Sometimes it’s subtle and demeaning. But it’s always there. If there is one thing that the WWW can do, it is to connect woman all over the world so that they realize they are not alone in their fight against misogyny. Power rests in numbers, I do hope.

  3. Well I’ve “Liked” this post but that does not seem quite like the right response does it. I applaud you for writing about it. Violence against women is always sickening. Always

  4. I fear the violence against women is not just an end but is one symptom of an even bigger problem; one that has its roots in hope, dignity and respect, or, rather, a lack of all three. The ‘guy’ in me wants to ‘solve’ this problem but, for the life of me, I don’t even know where to start.
    So what have I done? The only thing I can–do what I know best and hope the contribution I make is able to count among the ones made by so many others.
    Perhaps, in time…

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