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First B.C. hearing for problem-plagued Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Inquiry

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Walkers in the ‘Tears 4 Justice’ complete their journey from Prince Rupert, B.C., to Smithers for the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. (Briar Stewart/CBC)

by Lori Culbert, Vancouver Sun, September 26, 2017

Vicki Hill paused frequently to compose herself this morning as she told the national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women that she has no memory of her mother, who was murdered along the Highway of Tears when she was just a baby. Read the rest of this entry

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Pipeline ‘man camps’ loom over B.C.’s Highway of Tears

Families walk B.C. Highway of Tears to honour missing, murdered Indigenous women

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Billboard warning girls not to hitchhike on the Highway of Tears (Highway 16) where many young women have gone missing. This is just north of Smithers. Steve Bosch / Vancouver Sun

by Laura Kane, Associated Press, September 20, 2017

When Gladys Radek walks the Highway of Tears, she says she can feel the spirits of women who are missing or have been murdered walking beside her.

Dozens have vanished or been killed along the notorious stretch of Highway 16 in central British Columbia. On Thursday, Radek will honour the 12th anniversary of the disappearance of her niece, Tamara Lynn Chipman, by walking the route once again. Read the rest of this entry

Highway of Tears getting regular bus service

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Billboard warns against hitch hiking along Highway 16 in northern BC, also known as the “Highway of Tears” for the high number of missing/murdered women.

Eighteen women have been murdered or have disappeared along Highway 16 and adjacent routes since the 1970s

The Canadian Press, June 15, 2016

A bus service will be available between Prince George and Prince Rupert by the end of the year on a notorious stretch of road known as the Highway of Tears, according to the B.C. government.

Eighteen women have been murdered or have disappeared along Highway 16 and adjacent routes since the 1970s.

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Highway of Tears gets $3M for transportation safety plan

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Billboard warns against hitch hiking along Highway 16 in northern BC, also known as the “Highway of Tears” for the high number of missing/murdered women.

Funding comes after a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area

CBC News, Dec 14, 2015

The B.C. government is committing $3 million to improve public transit along B.C.’s so-called Highway of Tears.

The funding comes following a recent meeting between transportation officials and First Nations leaders in the area, to address concerns about the number of women who have gone missing or been murdered while hitchhiking Highway 16, which runs between Prince George and Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry

New Highway of Tears documents uncover residents’ deep concerns

At least 18 women and girls, many of them aboriginal, have been murdered or disappeared along Highway 16 and the adjacent routes, Highway 5 and Highway 97, since 1969. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

At least 18 women and girls, many of them aboriginal, have been murdered or disappeared along Highway 16 and the adjacent routes, Highway 5 and Highway 97, since 1969. (Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

36 pages of documents include reports about topics including missing women, hitchhiking and bus service

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press/CBC News, Nov 4, 2015

Newly released documents reveal northern British Columbia residents have deep concerns about transportation services along the so-called Highway of Tears — despite government statements about improved safety, New Democrats say.

Maurine Karagianis, the NDP critic for women, said Tuesday a year-old freedom of information request reveals residents want better public transportation on Highway 16, which runs more than 700 kilometres, from Prince George to Prince Rupert. Read the rest of this entry

Highway of Tears internal records deliberately deleted, says B.C.’s privacy commissioner

B.C. government accused of deliberately destroying Highway of Tears internal records

Billboard warns against hitch hiking along Highway 16 in northern BC, also known as the "Highway of Tears" for the high number of missing/murdered women.

Billboard warns against hitch hiking along Highway 16 in northern BC, also known as the “Highway of Tears” for the high number of missing/murdered women.

B.C.’s privacy commissioner says she’s launched an investigation after government accused of widespread and systemic abuse of the Freedom of Information law

Highway of Tears communities want fixes from B.C.

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The Canadian Press/CBC News, May 19, 2014

Sally Gibson has been waiting nearly two decades for answers about what became of her niece, a 19-year-old forestry student from a small First Nation in northern British Columbia who vanished along the Highway of Tears.

There’s the official story: Lana Derrick was out with some friends and at some point ended up in a car with two unidentified men, with whom she was last seen at a gas station along Highway 16 near Terrace in the early morning of Oct. 7, 1995. Read the rest of this entry

Mounties raped, abused B.C. aboriginal girls, rights watchdog alleges in report

Mike Blanchfield, Canadian Press/NationalPost, Feb. 13, 2013Missing Women Highway of Tears news

OTTAWA — A new report by a respected international human rights watchdog has accused RCMP officers of abusing aboriginal women and girls in northern British Columbia.

New York-based Human Rights Watch uncovered one allegation of rape and others of assault by Mounties against aboriginals in rural B.C. communities. Read the rest of this entry