Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Feds announce $10-million for missing women


The Feds have pledged to spend $10-million to help find missing women. Awesome.

IT was announced yesterday that the feds will spend the money on a number of initiatives, including setting up a new central missing persons coordination centre, and internet tip site, and upgrading the police Information Centre database, across the country, with more information about missing person cases


"The government is promising money for what it calls "culturally appropriate" victim services across the country as well as funding for aboriginal groups to help the families of missing and murdered women."

So what does this mean?!

Well, it's hopeful. However, we've been through this before with the announcement of the Integrated Task Force (Between the RCMP and the Winnipeg Police Service) in August of 2009.

In the year since the task force has been formed, there has been very little transparency about the functions and roles of what this task force really does and what standard they are held accountable to. -- To my knowledge they have still not released an official list of missing and women, nor can I find a mission statement about the force.

I am not trying to discredit any good work that may be getting done, but the lack of transparency by the Winnipeg Police Service and the RCMP is certainly frustrating.

At any rate, the new initiative by the Feds seems promising.

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