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Genocide is the right word to describe Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls

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10.06.2019

The commission for the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Woman and Girls (MMIWG) released its long-awaited report last week to a freakout over one particular word contained in the report: genocide. The report itself is a comprehensive picture of life for Indigenous women in Canada — there are thousands of words backing up the use of that one word. I haven't read it all, at over 1,000 pages it's not light summer reading, but I would say that it is required reading, in some form, for all Canadians.

In the time since the report's release, we have been subject to endless mansplaining about how the concept of genocide is not applicable in the case of Indigenous women. Romeo Dallaire, who witnessed the horrors of the Rawanda massacre, took exception with the word, comparing it to the brutal and unrestrained murder of Tutsis by the governing Hutus, focusing on the deliberate role the government played in fostering Tutsi hate. Irwin Cotler, head of the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, is quoted in a CBC news report saying: " … I think we have to guard against using that term in too many ways because then it will cease to have the singular importance and horror that it warrants."........

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