‘The Elephant in the Room’

How much of this is due to aboriginal criminal gang violence? Unfortunately, the role of aboriginal gangs is deliberately downplayed whenever violence against aboriginals is discussed, including by the MM‘I’W inquiry. They are the ‘elephant in the middle of the room’…

“Of the 21 homicide victims in Manitoba this year, 19 have been male, RCMP said — and 15, or 71% of all victims, have been ‘Indigenous’ {sic, the CBC means ‘aboriginal’} males… The numbers collected do not include homicides in the city of Winnipeg. The Winnipeg Police Service would not release any data to CBC about the homicide rate among ‘Indigenous’ men in the city. 

“In 2018, there were 36 homicides in Manitoba outside Winnipeg, Ledrew says. The 28 male victims last year included 22 who were ‘Indigenous’, accounting for 61% of all homicide victims.

“In 2017, there were 21 homicides in total, including 18 males — 12 of whom were ‘Indigenous’, making up 57% of the victims that year…

“Jane Mitchell said she believes her son’s death in Poplar River was gang-related, but that hasn’t been confirmed by police. Her son Jordan, 24, was stabbed and beaten to death in Poplar River, a ‘First Nations’ {aboriginal} community about 350 kilometres north of Winnipeg, on May 31. He left behind a wife and four small children.

I feel like gangs have to be stopped or put away”,
{“Put away” — In fact, it is prisons in western Canada that are the strongholds of aboriginal gangs…}
she said.
It is very scary when you know there’s people out there that can do that to another person.”

“The loss of her son is “getting harder and harder every day” Mitchell says — but she has a clear view on why she thinks ‘Indigenous’ men are being killed in such comparatively high numbers, and what needs to be done.

I feel it is all gang-related”,
she said.
More has to be done, and a stronger justice against the ones that do the crime.”

“When it comes to missing and murdered ‘Indigenous’ men in Canada, “predominantly, it’s not really talked about“,
said Alaya McIvor, a survivor of sex trafficking who is now an advocate for exploited people…

We talk a lot about exploitation but again, that gap is [overlooked] when it comes to men and boys”,
she said.
Those conversations need to flourish within our community.”

–‘Majority of Manitoba homicide victims are Indigenous men, but ‘it’s not really talked about’: advocate’,
Nelly Gonzalez, CBC News, Oct. 15, 2019

See also:
The ballad of Daniel Wolfe‘ (‘Indian Posse’) {May 8, 2014}:
“With all of the talk about missing and murdered ‘aboriginal’ women, there seems to be very little discussion about what actually happens to them on reserves, or when they reach the city, that could lead to their death.
The answer — in many, if not most, cases — is obvious:
If you look at the victims of their homicides, the girls they force into prostitution and the people they sell drugs to, they’re victimizing their own people. There is nothing cultural about the ‘Indian Posse’. The only cultural thing is a gang subculture.

Aboriginal Gangs Terrorize B.C. Community {May 3, 2016}:
“At least three ‘First Nations’ gangs with roots in nearby reserves are at war in and around Williams Lake, B.C., a small ranching and lumber town in British Columbia’s Central Interior.”

Aboriginal Gangs Appropriating Black American Culture’ (Alberta) {April 14, 2016}:
“The ‘Bloods’ and the ‘Crips’, who are not affiliated with the Los Angeles street gangs, began their long-standing feud on the Blood Tribe, a sprawling ‘First Nation’ southwest of Lethbridge. Over the past year and a half, members of these gangs have become increasingly involved in the illicit drug trade on the reserve and in nearby Lethbridge.”

The gangs of Winnipeg{December 15, 2013}:
“Winnipeg is considered the aboriginal street gang capital of Canada. The WPS estimates that there are 1,400-1,500 active gang members involved in as many as 35 gangs — 75% of these gangs are comprised of individuals of aboriginal descent.”
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