A report from Canada about missing indigenous women. Which contains this that I’ve not seen before: 2SLGBTQQIA. Which does rather beg the question, what the heck’s that about? Eh?
The background is that there is concern over the number of First Nations, indigenous, women who have disappeared. The number does indeed seem large:
While the number of Indigenous women who have gone missing is estimated to exceed 4,000, the report admits that no firm numbers can ever be established.
4,000? Why, that’s umm, that’s many thousands. We do though need to ponder whether it’s disproportionate.
The First Nations population is about 1.7 million. This 4,000 is over 30 years, so we’re talking about a 0.0066% disappearance rate each year.
The population of Canada is 37 million, there are 31,000 disappearances of adults each year. That’s a lot misleading as that’s reported disappearances, not findings. Looks like about 10% remain as unknown cause. So, take that as the number who aren’t found. Perhaps not accurate but also perhaps the best we’re going to get. So that’s 3,100 a year in 37 million, 0.0083%.
Anyone with better numbers please do present them but so far we’ve not got anything which says that the indigenous disappearance rate is anything out of the ordinary. And we’d not start to describe this as genocide, as the report itself does.
But what sparked the interest here was this:
And what’s that when at home?
2SLGBTQQIA (two-spirit, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer, questioning, intersex and asexual)
Err, yes. Nice word salad there. The thing is though our basic contention here is that all of these different types of people are in fact people. Our entire insistence is that they’ve the same rights as everyone else to life, the pursuit of happiness and all that – yes, I know, that’s Yankee, not Canuck. The oppression being complained about is that people aren’t gaining the rights of people. So, why use the 10 alphanumeric acronym, why not just call them people? Or, if we’ve got to have some neologism, peeps?
Peeps have rights, isn’t it terrible that peeps are being denied their rights? Yep, indeed it is. All peeps morally do have the same rights therefore all peeps should have those same rights. There, we’re done aren’t we?