Friday, June 23, 2006


June 23, 2006

A Real Personal Connection

Vancouver, BC

As many of you may have heard, one of the Missing
Women from the Downtown Eastside, has been located in
Saskatchewan. Mary Lands had been missing for 15

This case touches me on a number of fronts. First and
foremost though it is of a very personal nature.

When Mary Lands disappeared, her little children,
Jeannie and Stuart who were 4 and 7 years old at the
time were placed in the care of a very loving family for the
ensuing 15 years.

This family happens to be my sister, Gail and
brother-in-law, Daniel Parker
. Gail and Daniel have
done an amazing job raising a number of aboriginal
children and Stuart in fact, at age 22 still resides
with them.

Gail and Daniel are very private and humble people.
Their work often goes unrecognized and I feel the need
to point this out. Daniel, along with Joseph Fossell
co-founded the aboriginal group, Warriors against
. Gail is a counsellor facilitator with
Warriors. My niece, Katherine Grimm was formerly the
Executive Director. This group supports many first
nations who have been victimized and are/were
survivors of the residential school system.

While I know this is a joyous yet difficult time for
Jeannie and Stuart, I know they have been well
prepared by Gail and Daniel for this journey
, which
they are about to embark on.

I've spoken with Gail and Daniel, early this morning
and I know they are busy assisting Stuart in his
preparations. They are a bit overwhelmed of course by
the media attention. They have a large family and I
just want to honour them both for the heartfelt work
that they continuously do.

I sincerely hope, that while the media is fixed on the
scenario of another missing women being found, that
they keep in mind that this issue goes far beyond the
sensational aspects of murdered sex trade workers. It
is so much more than just that.

While the media has often focused on the families of
the missing women, there are a number of other
families who have accomplished amazing things in
nurturing, caring and teaching honourable values to
vulnerable first nations citizens. They have assisted
in helping many overcome obstacles. Gail and Daniel are such two individuals.

Today I offer godspeed to Stuart and Jeannie,
moreover, I pay tribute to my wonderful Sister and
Brother-In-Law, Gail and Daniel.

Jamie Lee Hamilton
(778) 329-1981


At 1:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Iam the Oldest Son of Mary Florence Lands

Iam Filing a Complaint because

Missing Women Joint Task Force or Missing Women Task Force, Did not do there investigation properly. I was told by two Officers from the Missing Women Task Force, that they had done a search Canada wide for my Mothers S.I.N. Card. And I was lied to. I was also told to give my blood, and the Missing women?s Task Force took my blood sample to match unknown DNA from the Pickton Trial. Even then I told them she had nothing to do with that case. But did everything possible to try to link it to that case. It has made a lot of traumatic emotions for me. How else was I to feel when they took MY BLOOD. The Vancouver Police Department shouldn?t of classified her as a downtown eastside woman.. I was saying that from day one.. My mother only lived in Vancouver for a short time..And I never lived down town eastside when i was a child..I was in Vancouver just as long as she was. They have tainted her Name... this has cause a lot of Emotional moments... Victim Services was going to Mail out cheque for Compensation for the loss...And had Victim Service worker pressing for a Funeral Service.. FOR CLOSURE... I told them no. But this has been hard on the family.. Just when you find out that everyone is giving up. and want CLOSURE. AND START TO LET GO ...She finds us......And she has been collecting disability for 16 years,,, and has been in contact with Saskatoon Police Department. in 2004..because. there was an incident with Welfare fraud in BC. which was later just a misunderstanding.

I have been lied to.. I have been forced to accept things that weren?t true about my mom .. Before I even new about my mom being a live.. I have felt that the police just gave up.. And just wanted all of us to shut up.. and offer us 5000 for our loss.. then.. When she is found.. they Cancel the Cheques from being sent out....You keep dragging my family through the mud..

I don?t feel like the police can be trusted to do there job.. Because.. I have seen they haven?t..

This is still so overwhelming and emotional....I feel like I have been robed of my life.......Because of the incompetence of the Missing Women?s Task Force

I need more Answers then a Press release.
I have still not had any contact from anyone. Should I be Talking to a Lawyer?

Michael Lands
I have sent this statement to VPD,RCMP,MLA, MP...

At 1:42 PM, Blogger Jamie Lee Hamilton said...

Michael, if you are reading this call mne at (778) 329-1981 I remember you when you were 8 or 9 with Gail and Daniel. Jamie Lee


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