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August 28, 2014

Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters l Sarasvàti: FemFest2014: She’s Got The Power! - Cabaret & Plays l Missing Women Inquiry l Manito Ahbee Festival

About a year ago I posted about Manitoba Association of Women's Shelters (MAWS) and their Annual General Meeting.  Their topic was Family Violence Prevention.

MAWS was created to provide: support to member shelters; increased negotiating abilities with funders; shared information and resources; increased public awareness, training of staff and improved services for clients.

They are quite excited about topics being covered in 

University Of Winnipeg, Asper Centre For Theatre And Film
Tickets: $10.00 per each event, unless otherwise priced

September 13
Sarasvàti Productions FemFest 2014: 
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm, Admission by donation
Skin Deep - A reading of a new play by Alison Mclean
Directed by Megan Andres
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm, Admission by donation
German Silver - Reading of a new play by Priscilla Yakielashek
Directed by Donna Fletcher
7:00 pm
FemFest’s opening night is a variety show: music, dance, theatre and film.
Hosted by CTV's Susan Tymofichuk
Mother a la Carte - a theatrical performance by Liberty Des Roches
Bloody Mary – a film by Antosia Fiedur; directed by Ali Tataryn

Pamela Hadder and Allison Moore – visual art
Melanie Dahling – comedian
Prairie Caravan – dance
Teresa-Lee Cooke – prose writing
Tiffany Ponce - music
Plus teasers from FemFest shows!
September 14 and 19 - 7 PM
September 17 - 9 PM
The Naked Woman - a new play by Rebecca Gibson
Featuring Nan Fewchuk and Grant Burr
Directed by Hope McIntyre
September 15, 7:00 pm
Bake-Off - Readings
Tickets: Pay What You Can
Coordinated and directed by Cairn Anne Moore
Selected playwrights (Terrie Todd, Frances Koncan, Angie StMars, Karen Clavelle, Carolyn Hoople Creed) are given a list of ingredients and have eight hours to mix up a script!
September 15 - 9 PM, September 17 - 7 PM, September 20 - 1:30 PM
Launched by Tyler White
Featuring Cheryl Gensiorek, Lyle Morris and Taesia Scratch
Directed by Carolyn Gray
September 16 - 7 PM, September 18 - 2:30 PM, September 20 - 3 PM
River by Rubena Sinha
Directed by Shaun Phillips
Music by Phoebe Man

Whether there should be yet another Missing Women Inquiry has been in the news.

Globe and Mail article Posturing is the only reason for a missing women inquiry by Jeffrey Simpson, published on August 27, 2014, gave more history behind this issue.

In Simpson's article:

Earlier this year, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police produced a report into missing and murdered aboriginal women going back to 1980.

Among the findings were that men committed most of the crimes against women, that the criminals knew their victims, that many had previous brushes with the law, and that 92 per cent of cases involved spouses, other family members, acquaintances or those who had had intimate relations with the women.

The idea that some with certain political agendas might espouse – that aboriginal women are largely being struck down by non-aboriginal strangers – is largely false.

…the RCMP reported that since 1980, “the number of aboriginal female victims of homicide has remained relatively constant.” There were 33 female aboriginal homicides in 1981 and 36 in 2012, the latter coming after a large jump in the female aboriginal population.

On these numbers, therefore, there is no epidemic of killing of aboriginal women, although obviously each death is a tragedy and a crime. The rate for police solving homicides is almost the same for aboriginal and non-aboriginal women.

Public inquiries cost a lot of money.
That a forty-first report would do any good is unlikely.
Maybe that money would be better spent on funding organizations that help women.
Maybe the politicians are just being politicians.

Globe and Mail article Are native leaders ready to be part of the solution?
by Gary Mason, published on August 29, 2014, gives more information.
Yes, where are the native leaders?

September 13 - September 14
MTS Centre, 300 Portage Avenue

Manito Ahbee Festival International Powwow
Registration: 2nd Floor, MTS Centre – Portage & Donald Entrance 
Sept. 13 – 9 am to 5 pm l Sept. 14 – 9 am to 12 pm 

Grand entries: Sept. 13 – 12 pm and 7 pm l Sept. 14 – 12 pm 
Announcers: Vince Beyl, MN, USA and Ruben Littlehead, MT, USA

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