About 80-100 men gathered to erect a blockade at on Tyendinaga territory Sunday night at about 8:30 p.m. Sources told the Two Row Times that two large fires are going across the street and vehicles are parked, blocking Shannonville Road.
A direct message was sent to the federal government from the Mohawks at Tyendinaga earlier this month demanding an inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada by February 28th. Shawn Brant told the Two Row Times, “That date at the end of the month is a date that everyone is taking seriously. But we haven’t heard anything, not even a negative response.”
Brant said that even if the federal government released a statement saying ‘no’ it would have made a difference. “We’ve had no response at all.” said Brant. With no reply from the public request for an inquiry many feel that direct action is the only way to get a response from Ottawa.
Brant told the Two Row Times, “People have been angry and people are angry about whats happened to Loretta [Saunders]. Everybody wants to go. We have a plan that is in place and we are not going to get knocked off course.”
In Ottawa last Friday both Liberal and NDP MP’s addressed the call for an inquiry during question period. Conservative representatives then indicated that they have already committed $25 million to the National Centre for Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains but no commitment has been made to investigate why indigenous women are being targeted as victims specifically.
The Mohawk community of Tyendinaga are not the only ones crying out for a public inquiry into the tragic statistic of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. Earlier this month a delegation of the Native Women’s Association of Canada presented the federal government with a petition for an inquiry signed by a staggering 23,000 people. That petition was delivered to the federal government the same day Loretta Saunders was murdered. Saunders was in the process of writing her thesis on missing and murdered indigenous women when she was killed.
A statement issued by the NWAC says “Just in the past six months, NWAC has noted that at least eight Aboriginal women have been murdered. “These statistics should raise the alarm for all Canadians,” stated President, Michèle Audette. Much too frequently, somewhere in Canada, families feel the pain and loss of a loved one who has been a victim of violence. This happens way too often for our Aboriginal people, and to the most vulnerable in our society, the women and girls.”
A vigil calling for an inquiry is being planned by the Native Women’s Association of Canada to be held this Wednesday at Parliament Hill.