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Chazlee
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 11:23:43 AM
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Historically, Native Americans in the US have not been treated well. Even though today non-native folks often travel to reservations in order to gamble, or buy gasoline and cigarettes at a cheaper price, I am not sure if the life of most Native Americans has improve significantly. However, I have never really given much thought to the life of indigenous people in Canada, which happens to be one of my favorite countries.

However, according to a recent article, even though "Canada's indigenous population is very small -- just 4% of the population -- more than 50% of all sex trafficking victims in Canada are indigenous. The reasons are complicated and varied but are ultimately rooted in a legacy of poverty, racism and abuse."

The age of the victims is shocking, some are as young as 10 years old, but the good news is that in places like Manitoba and Winnipeg, law enforcement and outreach groups are working to combat the problem.

Canada is a wonderful country and I wish everyone there all the best.

Peace.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/23/world/canada-indigenous-sex-trafficking/
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:23:08 PM

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Yes, Canada has a First Nations problem and it is much much more involved than sex trading (which by the way is definitely not limited to indigenous CDN people). Our Liberal govt of less than a year, led by Justin Trudeau, is working on this complicated problem. He is the first Prime Minister to really tackle the myriad of problems.

In what will probably be their last concert last weekend (Canada's beloved band) The Tragically Hip's leader, Gord Downie, who is dying of brain cancer, gave Trudeau a plug for his efforts but said he must keep working on the indigenous problem.

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Axel Bear
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 12:36:12 PM

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This same story could also be about the poor treatment of the indigenous people of Australia and New Zealand.



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thar
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 1:40:56 PM

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I saw this 'slide show article' some time ago, about the missing and dead women in Winnipeg. There does seem to be a repeating story that the communities are broken and however hard they try, there are too many at risk of falling under.

http://canadianlabour.ca/issues-research/red-river-women-trail-murdered-and-missing-aboriginal-women-winnipeg-bbc

Not just women though. The recent shootings at a school (I think) together with people raising awareness of the problems especially around Winnipeg, and the high suicide rates in general, is making people look harder for solutions. But it isn't like they weren't trying before - whatever they are trying just isn't working well enough.
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:25:44 PM

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http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/the-trafficked-how-sex-trafficking-works-in-canada/article28700689/

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/human-trafficking-cases-reported-massive-1.3534997 A massive increase.

"We see this issue disproportionately impacting aboriginal women. About 20 per cent of sex trafficking cases are aboriginal women."
Hundreds of charges, dozens of convictions - Since 2008, there have been 330 human trafficking charges laid in Canada with 22 in Alberta. Nationally of those 330 cases, 38 convictions resulted. Alberta conviction rates are not available." And many are not reported.


I didn't read those two articles carefully, but both are reliable sources.

This next one is about worldwide sex trafficking. I don't know the organization - it just popped up when I googled world sex trade.

http://www.soroptimist.org/trafficking/faq.html



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Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:33:17 PM

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Since indigenous peoples were mentioned in connection with the sex trade, I gathered some info as to causes of indigenous peoples' problems, if anyone is interested. If you read this first article, and listen to Trudeau on the video, you will understand some of the obstacles facing Canada as it deals with the problems. Then read some of the comments below the article and you will see some varying attitudes by the 'vocal few' non indigenous people.

http://news.nationalpost.com/full-comment/michael-den-tandt-fixing-problems-facing-canadas-aboriginals-will-be-painful-and-very-expensive

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http://www.ictinc.ca/blog/8-key-issues-for-aboriginal-people-in-canada

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It was supposed to be for 'the welfare of the child' but the "Scoop" program of the sixties caused many problems they are still trying to sort out. The welfare system removed children from their homes and as well as being wrong, they did not do a good job of looking after them.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sixties_Scoop

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Many aboriginal women have been murdered and nothing was done about it till now. The living conditions on the reserves are poor - no pure water, too much alcohol, guns, homicide, etc. In fact that is where a large proportion of Canada's homicide rate occurs. And the suicide rate too.

It is a big problem with no easy solutions because the Indian Act is embedded in the Constitution. But not all problems or solutions are the fault of the 'white man'. They have to try too - it has to come from the bottom up. Trudeau's gang is at least trying and it will take time. He has earmarked $8 B.

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Quote is from the first website link.

"Even as the Liberals strive to bring lasting reform, they must be aware progress will be a slow grind, with individual band’s successes punctuated by further tragedies, in no small part because the process must be led from the ground up. This is the lesson of every previous failed attempt, from Jean Chrétien’s White Paper in 1969 to FNEA in 2014. Reform imposed from above will fail. And that rules out speed."

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Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 4:35:52 PM

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The U.S. has a problem too. I would think the issues listed on this website are probably common to all countries where indigenous people had their lands, customs, lifestyle, and beliefs taken from them.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/13-native-american-issues_us_55b7d801e4b0074ba5a6869c

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Chazlee
Posted: Sunday, August 28, 2016 2:46:28 PM
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Here is a video dealing with the problems faced by Canada's indigenous people as it pertains to the sex trade.

Peace.


http://edition.cnn.com/2016/08/25/world/canada-indigenous-trafficking-norway-house/index.html
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