I’ve been busy drawing a murder trial at Halifax Supreme Court, Nova Scotia. Pictured here: The tiny frame of Victoria Henneberry is dwarfed by Patrick Atherton, her defence attorney. Henneberry pleaded guilty to the 2nd degree murder of Loretta Saunders, a bright young Inuit woman, in a dispute over rent money. Henneberry’s boyfriend, Blake Legette pleaded guilty to first degree murder, and won’t see the light of day for 25 years. I will spare readers from the details of this appalling crime.
Loretta Saunders was an exceptional young woman, a promising student writing a thesis on the subject of murdered and missing aboriginal women—of which there are over a thousand since 1882 here in Canada. It’s a human rights crisis, and one which the current Harper Government seems determined to ignore.
In this case, at least justice was served, but that won’t bring Loretta Saunders back. The least we can do is keep her memory, and her cause alive.
Here is a link to No More Stolen Sisters, a campaign by Amnesty International to promote awareness of the issue of missing and murdered aboriginal women, and to take action against the complacency of the government.