Murdered Women Commission
The practical purpose of the MMIW (Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women) Commission is to figure out what to do to stop the murders of Canadian indigenous women. Unfortunately, the families of murdered women insist on using the commission to publicly grieve and honour their dead loved ones. They get up to a microphone and cry and express their pain. This is not a good idea. Why?
~ Roedy (1948-02-04 age:69)
- These emotional displays provide no information of use in preventing future murders. They just stall the commission and prevent it from getting on with its purpose. Each family has as much time as they want, typically ¼ of a day.
- Dredging up the past and intensifying the emotions with a large audience is psychologically disruptive. It brings on PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder) or even suicide.
- If you are going to do emotional public testimonies, they should be done separately so that they do not impede the commission.
- The testimony has nothing to do with preventing murder. It is about being the centre of attention. It is to bestow honour on the deceased and enhance her reputation. It is like a large public funeral the deceased never got. It is about getting the government to show respect. It is about catharsis. This irrelevancy should not be injected into a commission interfering with it stopping murders.