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Justice for Indigenous people won’t come from silencing discussion – Toronto Star

Jan. 16, 2020

I abhor violence against women and girls. Period.

That’s why, as parliamentary poet laureate, in November 2017, I posted to my website a poem-chant, “For the Murdered and the Missing.”

Utterly shocked, then, was I to learn, in September that an email associate, namely, Stephen Kummerfield-Brown, had murdered Pamela George, a Saskatchewan mother of two, in the fall of 1995. Then known as Stephen Kummerfield, he was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced in 1997 to six and a half years in prison.

(Those who say I “should have known” or “should have asked” about Kummerfield-Brown’s homicide need to exercise logic: When Kummerfield-Brown committed his crime, I was teaching at Duke University in Durham, N.C., a position I held from 1994 to 1999.)

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