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MURDEROUS TREND CONTINUES – Indigenous Woman Killed in Thompson

Emotional Mental Physical Domestic Violence Spousal Abuse Trauma Scars Self Portrait done with foolproof app.It seems the sad trend is continuing in 2015.

On January 31, 2015, at approximately 2:40 am, Thompson RCMP responded to a report of an injured female at an apartment in Thompson, Manitoba.

Investigation into the report determined a twenty (20) year old woman from Thompson was the victim of homicide.

Police indicate Ronald Lee Clark Spence (23) of Thompson has been charged with Manslaughter in connection with the incident.

Spence was remanded in custody and will appear in Provincial Court in Thompson on March 6, 2015.

RCMP declined to release the name of the victim or provide a cause of death.

They also declined to confirm if the homicide occurred as a result of domestic or familial violence but did confirm the deceased was an Aboriginal woman.

(An RCMP spokesperson subsequently confirmed the victim and accused were, “in a domestic relationship.”)

Violence Against Women on the Rise

The City of Winnipeg recorded a dramatic year over year increase in violence against women in 2014 vs 2013.

Female Homicides

  • 2014 – 9
  • 2013 – 5

Factoids

  • 7 of the 9 female victims of homicide in 2014 were First Nations
  • 4 of the 7 cases were solved resulting in charges against 3 First Nations men and 1 First Nations woman
  • 3 cases remain unsolved (Tina Fontaine, Beatrice Crane & Angela Poorman)

The proliferation of violence represents an 80% increase in the number of women killed in 2014 vs 2013.

The Moose in the Living-room

The fact Aboriginal men kill the majority of Aboriginal women has been largely ignored by main stream media, politicians, Aboriginal leaders and lobbyists for an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women.

The perpetrators continue to enjoy a blanket of anonymity provided by those who are determined to secret the truth.

A situation that irks Joan Jack, an Indigenous activist and lawyer, who wrote an article published in the WFP titled, “Excuse me, there’s a moose in the room.”

“Aboriginal men kill aboriginal women and girls, rape aboriginal women and girls, beat aboriginal women and girls, and no one is really talking about the moose in our living room,” she wrote.

While the recent sensationalism surrounding the racial divide in the City of Winnipeg may divert Aboriginal eyes away from reality, the tragic murder of a young Aboriginal woman in Thompson should underline the need to refocus.

Barely a Whisper

If you search the internet for information regarding the killing of this nameless twenty year old woman you will barely find a whisper in main stream media.

What coverage exists was provided in a scant RCMP press release.

The victim remains a woman with no face, no name and no real identity.

I ask, where is the outrage?

Is she less important than Tina Fontaine or Rinelle Harper?

Barely a whisper.

A woman whose death appears to fall into the category of domestic or familial violence.

A woman whose death fails to attract media attention or provide any political relevance to elevate concern for her demise.

It seems obvious we need to start placing more value on all victims of violence, abuse and homicide in our Province before we can ever start climbing out of our dismal abyss.

I understand racism can be a difficult topic for conversation.

Domestic violence needn’t be….

13 Comments

  1. I am aware of the unbiased police solving of missing and murdered people!! I believe you missed my point!! But somehow, I am not surprised!!

  2. Baloney!! And I am so sick and tired of so much emphasis being put on one darn race!! THAT alone is racism AND discrimination!!!!!

  3. I KNOW what Domestic Violence is!! And I have experienced near death and have seen others who are NOT aboriginal go through the same thing!! Too damn bad you did not have as much compassion and understanding for those who go through hell even at the hands of an Aboriginal!! And yes you are biased!! Think about it!!!!!

  4. Yes Glen, I do care…

    Missing & Murdered non-Indigenous people is not a highly publicized or political issue.

    I will answer you the same way I answer the people who claim the Police don’t care about the murders of Indigenous people..

    Look no further than the stats..

    In Winnipeg, the Police solve 90% of ALL homicides…they don’t pick and choose what victims they search for justice for. All murder cases are investigated with the same tenacity and commitment.

    Thats the truth.

    The numbers don’t lie.

    Thank you for your comment.

  5. Biased? Yes you are!! Because many of us White/Aryan and other non Aboriginal women have experienced domestic violence but are NOT recognized the same!! Many of us go missing/murdered because of it!! But do you or some Aboriginals care????

  6. Glen;

    The article was about Domestic Violence and the fact that the press, Aboriginal Leaders and politicians want to ignore the fact that most Aboriginal women are killed by Aboriginal men.

    But that doesn’t stop the calls for a National Inquiry into the killings.

    I make the point, “It seems obvious we need to start placing more value on all victims of violence, abuse and homicide in our Province before we can ever start climbing out of our dismal abyss.”

    I don’t get how can you suggest I have a biased perspective.

  7. I guess you have never lost a loved one to an Aboriginal!! I think you need to get educated and live in some of those places that I have lived and worked in also get your stats on how many non Aboriginal men women and children are or go missing and or murdered every day!! You sound so biased!!!!

  8. Sounds very discriminative and not in line with stats.

  9. Phil;

    Precisely….thank you for sharing this.

  10. Glen;

    The article focuses on violence against Aboriginal women and the reluctance for people to acknowledge the serious impact of domestic violence in the deaths of Indigenous women.

    Violence against all women is clearly a concern but no one can argue that violence against Indigenous women is a much more serious problem given the fact they are grossly over-represented as victims of violent crime.

    Thank you for commenting.

  11. Well how many Non Aboriginal women are killed and NOT publicized or do they count??

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