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Highway of Tears getting regular bus service

Highway of Tears billboard

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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Canada: Thousands Take Part in Annual Women’s Memorial March

An estimated 1,200 people participated in the 25th annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver, BC.

An estimated 1,200 people participated in the 25th annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, BC, on Feb 14, 2015.  Photo: Vancouver Sun.

by Warrior Publications, Feb 14, 2015

Several thousand people participated in the annual Women’s Memorial March for missing and murdered women across the country on Feb 14, 2015.  The largest turnout was in Vancouver, BC, where over 1,200 took part in that city’s 25th annual march.  Over the past decade, numerous other towns and cities across the country have also begun organizing annual memorial marches.  According to official estimates, there have been over 1,000 Indigenous women murdered since 1980.  Below are some media reports on this year’s mobilization.

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RCMP not denying report of 1,000 murdered, missing aboriginal women

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

APTN reports RCMP arrived at tally after contacting other police forces across Canada

CBC News/The Canadian Press, May 1, 2014

The Mounties are not disputing a report that they have identified more than 1,000 cases of missing and murdered aboriginal women and girls — hundreds more than previously thought.

The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network, citing an anonymous source, reported that the RCMP arrived at their tally after contacting more than 200 other police forces across the country.

APTN also reported the Public Safety Department is sitting on a copy of the RCMP report, which the network says was supposed to come out March 31. Read the rest of this entry

Protest for Indigenous women and girls halts rail traffic near Tyendinaga

Women from Tyendinaga lead blockade of VIA Rail train, March 19, 2014.

Women from Tyendinaga lead blockade of VIA Rail train, March 19, 2014.

APTN National News, March 19, 2014

Rail traffic has been halted between Montreal and Toronto after a protest near Tyendinaga triggered a shut down of CN Rail’s main line tracks beginning Tuesday evening to pressure the federal government to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read the rest of this entry

Toronto: trains blocked for missing and murdered women

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

CP train blocked in Toronto, March 12, 2014.

March 12, 2014

A total of five trains were blocked for up to 3 hours in Toronto today in solidarity with the Tyendinaga Mohawks train blockade on the weekend.  Both actions were taken to demand a federal inquiry into the cases of missing and murdered women in Canada, predominantly Native. Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver memorial march draws attention to violence against women

by Yolande Cole, Georgia Straight, Feb 14, 2013

22nd Annual Women's Memorial March in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside, Feb 14, 2013.

22nd Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Feb 14, 2013.

Red and yellow roses marked the sites where aboriginal women were remembered today (February 14), as well over 1,000 people joined the women’s memorial march through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 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

Highway of Tears homicides spark Human Rights Watch probe

B.C. has highest rate of unsolved murders of indigenous women in Canada

CBC News, Nov 23, 2012

An international human rights watchdog is now investigating the high number of unsolved cases of missing and murdered women in B.C.

Human Rights Watch researchers typically probe abuse, torture and extra-judicial killings in places like Syria and Afghanistan. Now the organization has set its sights on northern B.C. Read the rest of this entry

Voice for missing First Nations women silenced

Lawyer representing aboriginals withdraws

By Suzanne Fournier, The Province, March 6, 2012

The Missing Women Commission of Inquiry was dealt another blow to its credibility Mon-day with the withdrawal of the last lawyer who speaks for First Nations.

Virtually all key women’s and community groups had already pulled out of the inquiry after they were denied legal funding to analyze 100,000 pages of documents. Read the rest of this entry

Case reviewer: Flood of Pickton tips should have galvanized investigation sooner

By SUZANNE FOURNIER, The Province, January 19, 2012
A flood of accurate tips about Robert Pickton in 1998 plus his attempted murder of a prostitute in 1997 should have galvanized the Vancouver police and RCMP into joining forces to hunt him down, a police expert testified on Thursday.

Women's Memorial March, Vancouver, Feb 14, 2008

The best time to pursue a homicide investigation is when information is “fresh,” yet it would take another five years and a dozen more women’s deaths for police to halt Pickton’s killing spree, Peel Regional Police Deputy Chief Jennifer Evans told the Missing Women Commission of Inquiry.

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