Anakana Schofield – Author of Martin John and Malarky

It took me quite a long time to read a disagreement thread between Occupy Vancouver supporters on Facebook, so much so that by the time I had reached the end of it and darted to one of the links included in it (another epic ravel of back and forth and meander) I could no longer recall what the disagreement that had endless comments was exactly about. (Corporate toilets and the use of was one objector’s rant, the ethics of other supporters another, and on and on. Really they could have been fighting over the size of a raisin. )

I tried to read another list of demands but three paragraphs down my gaze had wandered.

Yesterday however it took me no time at all to comprehend how many mainly aboriginal women continue to be missing or have been murdered, as another male was charged with the murder of four women in or near Prince George.

It is not difficult for me to understand this question either:

“..“When will it stop? Who will stop these men preying on our women?” shouted Cee Jai Julian, a Carrier-Sekani woman originally from Fort St. James.

An emotional Julian, who collapsed in grief and was assisted by Mona Woodward of the Aboriginal Front Door Society, said she knew some of the allegedly murdered northern B.C. women.”

On Saturday at the protest I wondered why 4000 people do not turn out to the Missing Women’s memorial march each year?

Today I read the Occupy Vancouver protestors had joined the march for the missing women and the protest at the Missing Womens Inquiry that’s currently happening.

A global movement that is formed by satellite uprisings or groupings does not need to brand itself with identical slogans and actions. It needs to situate itself in the local and the immediate where it is. I am glad to see something of this emerging.

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