@JUDY_WL TAKES PATH OF LEAST RESISTANCE – Scores “F” on Leadership Scale

Judy Wasylycia-Leis (judyformayor.ca)
Judy Wasylycia-Leis (judyformayor.ca)

Winnipeg Mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis has added her name to the long list of politicians who prefer intellectual resignation over the implementation of meaningful policy, action and change.

“I strongly support moving forward on a national inquiry on missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls,” Wasylycia-Leis said in a statement printed in the Winnipeg Sun. “I made the call first in October 2013 and repeated the call last month during an announcement on building a culture of public safety. I believe there have been far too many vigils.”

Of course there have been far to many vigils.

The question is, would a National Inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women do anything about it?

I’ve followed the issue closely.

As a former Homicide investigator with over twenty-six (26) years of Law Enforcement experience in the murder Capital of Canada, eight (8) years of which was spent working in the Homicide Unit working as an investigator and supervisor, I have intimate knowledge regarding the inner workings of cases involving the murder of Aboriginal women.  I’ve participated in dozens of these investigations right from the time the 911 call was placed up to the moment the verdict was read in the Court of Queens Bench.

With almost 90% of the cases being solved only a small percentage of the killings remain true mysteries.

My experience working these cases is entirely consistent with the findings of the RCMP regarding risk factors or causation;

  • High risk lifestyle
  • Substance abuse / addiction
  • Involvement in the sex trade
  • Unemployment
  • Poverty
  • Involvement in criminal activity
  • Youth – chronic runaways
  • Transient lifestyle
  • Hitchhiking
  • Mental Health issues

With so many of the risk factors known why the need for the manufactured script and outcries for a National Inquiry?

Why are politicians and Aboriginal Leaders perpetuating the facade that unknown mysterious happenings are causing Aboriginal women to go missing or be killed?

Why the facade when we know who the majority of the killers are?

The RCMP report fills in the blanks;

  • 90% of female homicide victims know the person who kills them and had a previous relationship with the killer
  • 89% of both Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal female homicide victims are killed by men
  • 30% of Aboriginal female victims were murdered by an acquaintance
  • 29% of Aboriginal female victims were killed by a spouse or boyfriend
  • 23% of Aboriginal female victims were killed by “other” family members
  • 10% of Aboriginal female victims were murdered by someone designated as an “other” intimate relationship
  • 8% of Aboriginal female victims were murdered by a stranger

We also know the motives for the killings;

  • 40% of the killings were caused by arguments or quarrels
  • 20% of the killings were caused by frustration, anger or despair
  • 12% of the killings were caused by jealousy
  • 10% of the killings were caused by sexual violence
  • 7% of the killings had no apparent motive
  • 6% of the killings were for financial gain, settling of accounts
  • 5% of the killings were “other” (not specified)

What the report doesn’t specify is the race of the killer.

Winnipeg Sun reporter Tom Brodbeck recently weighed in on that subject.

“They don’t want to talk about the people doing the killing because the killers, for the most part, are also aboriginal.  Aboriginal men are killing aboriginal women.  It’s so politically incorrect to talk about that, not even the RCMP were willing to put it in their report,” Brodbeck wrote in a recent article.

Once again, my experience investigating these crimes supports Brodbeck’s theory.

That brings us back to why?

Why do politicians and Aboriginal Leaders continue to demand a National Inquiry when all the essential elements that contribute to Missing and Murdered Aboriginal women are known?

I have a theory on that.

If politicians and Aboriginal Leaders acknowledge and accept they know the risk factors, they know who the killers are and they know the motives behind the killings, the next logical question is what have you done, or more importantly, what do you intend to do about the conditions that contribute to the unacceptable numbers of Murdered and Missing Aboriginal women.

Their answer, call for a National Inquiry.

That, my friends, is a complete intellectual resignation and a disappointing failure of leadership.

You don’t need to be a sociologist to have an understanding of how we got here.

Aboriginal people are grossly over-represented in what I have referred to as the social collapse trifecta;

  • Over-representation in Canadian Missing & Murdered Women
  • Over-representation in the Federal & Provincial Prison Systems
  • Over-representation in the Child Welfare System

I take issue with politicians and Aboriginal Leaders who try to justify calls for a National Inquiry into the singular issue of Missing & Murdered women when the collective Aboriginal experience in our Country demands a deeper probe.

Politicians like Judy Wasylycia-Leis need to stop spewing politically correct rhetoric and start finding the courage to acknowledge that issues surrounding Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women are only symptoms of a greater evil.

That greater evil is our political and societal indifference to the plight of Aboriginal people who continue to live in poverty and struggle to exist in a world shaped by addiction, exploitation, lack of education, unemployment, incarceration, street gangs, involvement in the sex trade, family violence, homicide and over-representation in the Child Welfare System.

To confront that evil we need leaders who are courageous, innovative, inclusive, intelligent, committed and determined.

Or, we could keep calling for a National Inquiry.


The Police Insider – “Calls for a National Inquiry Built on Weak Foundation”

The Police Insider – “Forget Calls for National Inquiry – The Social Collapse Trifecta Requires Bigger Picture Thinking”

The Police Insider – “RCMP Report Delivers Death Blow to Racist Ideology”

RCMP National Operational Review Report into Missing & Murdered Aboriginal Women


  1. James G Jewell

    Appreciate the support Rocky.

    Thank you..

  2. James G Jewell

    You raise some interesting points.

    While I agree there is no magic wand to “make it all go away” I believe intelligent, goal oriented, committed people can innovate and change the current reality for disadvantaged people in our City.

    There has to be hope.

    If there is no hope, there is nothing.

  3. Speaking of political will, social inequity, and the interrelation of so many elements that disadvantage citizens, here’s a sobering read about how well our political/social systems are performing. We can and must do better.


  4. Ross (Rocky) McCorriston

    Hi Jamie. You nailed it, we do not need to spend taxpayer money on a costly enquiry which will only tell us what we already know. I applaud people like you and T Brodbeck who are not afraid of writing the truth and not concerned with being politically correct.

  5. Folks I think the leaders and those calling for an inquiry already know the answers they seek. It’s time that some of these people stand up and be held accountable in society. Mr James Jewell, people should also realize this. We have a code of silence within the aboriginal culture where nobody says anything regarding certain situations. The police can’t investigate or get info when folks refuse to cooperate. James you know exactly what I’m talking about. Last week I read an article on the recent death of the 15 year old Tina who was found dead in the River. I’m 35 years old and after I finished reading everything I cried. Her whole life was a complete mess from her mother, and dad. Nobody was taking responsibility for looking after her. James that poor girl has gone through things in life that I couldn’t endure in my whole lifetime. I really don’t think any politician is going to have some magic wand and make it all go away. P.S the sad thing in society is when I want my child to play in hockey, I am forced, mandatory to take parenting classes. So I behave and conduct myself in a proper manner. Please think about that.

  6. In my experience (mental health) trauma fuels the addictions. And around and around we go. Cycles of violence.

  7. James G Jewell

    “Crime prevention through social development,” said Devon Clunis.

    The more I get involved in the research and discussion the more the man seems like a prophet.

    You raise valid points.

    In my experience, addiction (illicit drug & alcohol) fuels the vast majority of crime in our City and is responsible for many aspects of societal dysfunction, including street gangs, domestic violence, poverty, unemployment etc…

    Doesn’t seem like we have the political will in our Province to fund the resources needed to address the scope of the problem.

    Thank you for commenting.

  8. James G Jewell

    You are certainly welcome.

    Thank you for reading.

  9. This is refreshing. Thank you.

  10. Interesting. If 40% of the murders could be said to have been caused by a lack of interpersonal skills (presumably on the parts of both victim and perpetrator), and 20% + 12% by poor emotional regulation and/or other psychological problems, increasing mental health and addiction resources and supports (formal and informal) could go a long way toward improving the situation.

    Let’s not forget that these events unfold in a context- a social environment that lacks the will to intervene. We could improve that by addressing the social determinants of health in our communities, because not doing it is too costly. Even without a moral and ethical framework to support action, the economic cost of failing to address the roots of violence demand it.

  11. James G Jewell

    Appreciate the support.

    Thank you.

  12. James G Jewell

    There’s a reason someone coined the phrase, “the hard truth.”

    That’s because the truth can be hard for people to accept.

    Thank you for weighing in….

  13. James G Jewell

    When it comes to politics the truth tends to be the first casualty.

    Thank you for commenting.

  14. Interesting perspective backed up by factual and documented data from the frontlines.

    Said it before – If the natives want salvation they need only to ask the hutterites to teach them how to live communally again ( this is how they lived , did they not ).

    They won’t. They have become dependent rather than independent.

  15. It is much easier to point a finger than look in the mirror. It’s more convenient to ignore the truth, rather than acknowledge it’s ugly presence.
    These aboriginal “leaders” who would have their own people believe that all missing and murdered aboriginal women are victims of some unknown evil serial killer targeting them ought to be ashamed of themselves. Likewise, “leaders” such as Judy WL and Selinger and the like ought to be just as ashamed for not having the intestinal fortitude to stand up and speak the truth.
    In a society that desperately needs decisive leadership and ownership of ugly problems, we find ourselves governed by spineless, mindless, puppets. Instead of ignoring the elephant in the room, we need leaders who will publicly acknowledge it, then work to repair it. It has been proven time and again that throwing money at it in an attempt to buy more calm waters has failed miserably. I could think of at least a dozen more pressing issues (um… Services for tax payers) that deserve the public purse before spending a dime on a national inquiry. I hope our leaders (of all races, and at all levels of government) pull their collective heads out of their arses and get us off the merry go round.

  16. Hit the nail on the head again James. Speaking for the silent majority. Always a pleasure reading your blog.

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