today i awoke to headlines that a certain trial had finished in vancouver, and 6 murder convictions had been handed down. and while none of you should be surprised to hear this by now - i cried both out of relief and continued sadness at what had been able to go on in my own city.
i can still remember years and years ago as a university student, a friend of mine told me about the women missing in the downtown eastside. at this time there was no task force, there was no suspect, there was only a community living in fear of who would go missing next, doing their best to organise for safety. there were only parents looking for answers. there was only one person who would walk the streets, putting up posters, harassing anyone she could to ask where these women had gone.
and i still feel shame that this could have gone on where i lived. that someone could have 26 charges of murder brought against them. that women could have been picked off so easily.
i speak of marginalised communities a lot in my work. but here is one in my own neighbourhood, my own city.
i am so sorry.