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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada

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Alexa Menard

on 21 December 2017

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Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women in Canada
Missing and Murdered Women
Lazarsfeld + Merton

Consider Lazarsfeld + Merton’s outlook on how messages are communicated to us. From a country that, in the past, has not treated its Indigenous people well, there may be a reason we didn’t hear about this.

Status Conferral- We as a society are usually directed to the likeness of those of a higher class. If a celebrity or person of high importance speaks about something, we are usually drawn to it. In this instance, the theory has been in a negative way because there is not an extreme amount of coverage about the topic from people of a higher class. If they were more focused on the topic than maybe the general public would be more informed as well.

Before awareness was raised about this issue, why do you think was there so little media coverage on it?
What can we as an audience do to control the media coverage on this?

Presented by Luca F. and Alexa M.
CBC released a list of missing and murdered women in 2015
Over 300 cases have been reported - they date back as far as 1969.
Little to no media coverage until the late 2010s
Girls as young as 3 years old have been reported missing/murdered
Many cases are cold or reported as having no foul play
Discussion Question 1
Discussion Question 2
Which other techniques that we studied during lecture time would some theorists say would work for this subject matter? Why or why not?
Hall: The only messages that get through to us are the ones that we receive and accept as a community. Some reasons that it took so long to bring this to our attention:

A) we were not willing to accept the message
B) We accepted the message but rejected the premise
News articles are creating, or encoding, the message that these Aboriginal women are suffering and going through much hardship. We as a community need to interpret (decode) the message. We are able to decode that this is happening to many women and we understand the seriousness of the topic.
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