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Let’s not “whitewash” Cindy Gladue’s murder – Evidence Network

by ahnationtalk on October 25, 201885 Views

A version of this commentary appeared in the Montreal Gazette, Edmonton Journal and Vancouver Province

Missing and murdered Indigenous women not on trial

This week, the Supreme Court of Canada heard the most important case in a generation regarding the Canadian legal system’s response to murdered and missing Indigenous women.

Thursday’s hearing was the culmination of a case that was set in motion on the morning of June 22, 2011. On that day, Bradley Barton checked out of a motel room at the Yellowhead Inn in Edmonton, grabbed a coffee, and started his truck for another day of work.

In Barton’s motel bathroom, Cindy Gladue was already dead. Her children did not yet know that they had been left without their mother. Her mother did not know that she had lost a daughter. Her Cree and Métis communities did not yet know that another sister had died in violent circumstances.

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