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If you live in Canada and have not recently returned from a long sabbatical on another planet, you have probably heard the phrase missing Aboriginal women more often than you wished to hear it. If you drove along Highway 401 in eastern Ontario you could even see a billboard placed by the local Aboriginal band referring to the “missing women.” If you took the train from Toronto to Montreal instead of driving, you may have learned about them in a different way. On more than one occasion the passenger train service between our two largest cities has been suspended because the Aboriginals blocked the Canadian National’s main line in an effort to force the government to launch an “inquiry” into the alleged disappearances. People who are into this issue often allege that more than a thousand, or even “thousands,” of Aboriginal women have mysteriously disappeared.

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