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MMIW Inquiry hears that RCMP kept information from family for decades

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Siblings Roddy and Winnie Sampare hold a photograph of their sister Virginia Sampare.Ian Smith / Vancouver Sun

by John Murray, APTN National News, September 28, 2017

Roddy Sampare stood before the commissioners at the national inquiry hearings in Smithers, B.C. and told the story of his family’s tragedy like he had told it a thousand times before.

“The pain doesn’t go away,” he said. “You know, I was sitting in the other room listening to the people who lost their loved ones through murder. At least some of them had the chance to bury their loved one. Read the rest of this entry

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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

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

Mural: No More Stolen Sisters

No More Missing Sister Isha JulesIsha Jules in Enderby, BC, at the mural painted to raise awareness that there are 3 missing women in the area since last year. The three women went missing within a month & a half of each other.  Caitlin Potts, Ashley Simpson and Deanna Wertz all missing for 12-16 months now.  All from within Splatsin First Nation and Secwepmeculu.

One-quarter of all female homicide victims in Canada in 2015 were Indigenous

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Hundreds of family and supporters of missing and murdered women gathered at the University of Winnipeg to honour their memories and to call for action. CTV Winnipeg.

Indigenous women also continue to be over-represented in justice system, says Statistics Canada report

CBC News, June 6, 2017

The homicide rate for Indigenous females between 2001 and 2015 was nearly six times higher than that for non-Indigenous females, according to a new study by Statistics Canada. Read the rest of this entry

Video: 27th Annual Women’s Memorial March in Vancouver, Feb 14, 2017

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Video posted to Facebook by Kelly-Patrick Moore, Feb 16, 2017.  Click below to watch the video… Read the rest of this entry

Police act like idiots during training session on missing, murdered Indigenous women

cops-simpsons-1‘What do we do when we’re sending women in to do training on race relations and they feel violated?’

By Jody Porter, CBC News, September 13, 2016

Police officers in Thunder Bay, Ont., are being accused of verbally assaulting a facilitator who was delivering cross-cultural training on Indigenous issues, but a city official says it was all a misunderstanding. Read the rest of this entry

Protesters accuse Manitoba government of stalling MMIW inquiry

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Warrior flag flies outside Manitoba Legislative Building, July 2016.

Role police, CFS play in MMIW cases must be examined in national inquiry, protesters say

CBC News,  July 26, 2016

About half a dozen tents were set up outside the Manitoba Legislative Building by protesters who say the province is keeping a national inquiry into murdered and missing Indigenous women from getting underway.

Last week, Brian Pallister’s Progressive Conservative government said it is moving forward with an order in council in support of the inquiry, but officials are still in negotiations with the federal government over the terms of reference. Read the rest of this entry

Government not doing enough to share details of MMIW inquiry, family members say

mmiw photos‘It’s all rumoured on Facebook and social media,’ says sister of homicide victim

CBC News July 21, 2016

The federal government needs to do a better job of communicating details about a long-awaited inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women, says Mag Cywink, whose sister Sonya Cywink was slain in London, Ont. in 1994.

In June, the government signaled that an announcement about the inquiry was coming soon — that didn’t happen. Families then expected details of the inquiry to be released in early July, but weeks later there has still been no official announcement.

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‘No foul play’ found in deaths of dozens of Indigenous women, but questions remain

Missing Women justice posterCBC investigation finds suspicious circumstances in deaths ruled accidental or suicidal

By Holly Moore, Martha Troian, CBC News June 28, 2016

In dozens of cases where police say there is no evidence of foul play, the families of missing and murdered Indigenous girls and women maintain their loved ones may have been victims of homicide, a CBC News investigation has found.

Despite official rulings of suicide or accidental death, CBC News has found evidence in some cases of unexplained injuries, suspicious circumstances, failure to interview key witnesses and persons of interest who have never been convicted. Read the rest of this entry