Today in The Conversation Canada, as the Manitoba provincial election gets underway, Frank Deer, Canada Research Chair at the University of Manitoba raises a concern about the moral responsibilities of leadership. 

Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson has stated her government will not be funding a search for three murdered Indigenous women at a Winnipeg-area landfill due to safety concerns. But criticism of her decision has been growing. As an Onkwehonwe (Native) scholar who studies morality and ethics in communal and societal contexts, and as someone who experienced the Oka crisis of 1990 in his home community of Kahnawake, Prof. Deer calls the decision both callous and immoral but also, “alarmingly familiar.”

Yes, a landfill search would be expensive, yes, it may be risky and it may not yield the exact results wanted. However, the current trauma being experienced by the Indigenous families and the community is significant. He says, searching the landfill would help bring emotional closure to a traumatic situation. And he adds: “That alone should make the decision to search rather straightforward.”

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An ethicist calls the government’s decision to not support a search for murdered Indigenous women immoral. Pictured here is a protest to support the search in Winnipeg. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

A moral argument to search the landfill in Winnipeg for murdered Indigenous women

Frank Deer, University of Manitoba

Manitoba’s provincial government has declined to support a search for three murdered Indigenous women, citing health and safety concerns. An ethicist explains why this decision needs to be rethought.

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Rebecca Hall, Queen's University, Ontario

Faculty and university staff are embedding training to prevent gender-based and sexual violence into curricular goals of both arts and STEM classes.

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Megan MacKenzie, Simon Fraser University

Rape myths dominate international media coverage of internal military sexual violence.

La Conversation Canada

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Isabelle Carignan, Ph.D., Université TÉLUQ ; Adèle Gallant, Université de Moncton; Annie Roy-Charland, Université de Moncton; Marie-Christine Beaudry, Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM); Rony Atoui, MD, MSc, FRCSC, FACS, Northern Ontario School of Medicine

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